5 Years of full-time writing

How did I get here?

If anyone had asked me 5 or 10 years ago where I’d be now, I wouldn’t have had a clue. That’s partly because I never thought of being a writer. (I was asked to write something, did, and was asked to write more and it just kept going). But it’s mainly because I’m so damn lucky.

Being lucky and blessed are the same to me. I work my tail off and the pay out is always worth it. Even when ideas or articles fail me, the experiences that come from them keep the overall story of my success going.

People often ask me, ” How did you get your job?”

I know it sounds crazy, but, I applied. That’s it.

There is no miracle here. Well, other than the opportunity presenting itself when I was looking just when I needed it. A position to write for a local company was available. I didn’t think they’d hire me, but I sent in my resume anyway. Then I got a call for an interview, I went in and let my personality fly.

That’s how’s it been with every other writing gig. The columns, the book deals, the one-offs; everything has been me seeking and finding. Sometimes it’s more like a complex game of tag, but if you keep working and applying, someone is going to say, “Yes.”

My background was full of eclectic experiences and education before I was set on the writing path. Everything I did led to this and I am just so astounded and amazed by how things have turned out.

It’s not easy. Stress and concerns are everywhere. But I wouldn’t change a thing.

I started actively pursuing a writing career 5 years before I landed a full-time writing position. I knew nothing, and I barely know much now, but if anyone asks me what I’ll be doing for the next 5 or 10 years I now know the answer:

I will be writing.

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