Why Become a Writer?

I’ve had some people ask me “What made you want to write?” And you know what, to be 100% honest, it’s not so much that I decided to become a writer, as much as I feel like it has always been a part of me. As cliché as this sounds, it’s the only way I can answer it. I’m a people person, I always have been.  I connect with people over words. I used to love English class and I still love correcting my husband’s spelling and grammar! I kept a journal for as long as I can remember, and after a stressful day I used to look forward to writing everything down.  (Too bad I wasn’t famous; I could be paid for an autobiography already written that I have stashed away in my closet). My last job I was the Marketing Manager and I got them into writing blogs, and you know what? Writing blogs was my favourite part of the job!

And today, I find I get bored in jobs quickly, I really thrive in variety. Writing gives you just that, every client requires a brand new set of skills and topic. I enjoy problem solving and I love knowing I can help someone or their business by writing. I hate going to work feeling like I don’t make a difference or that my opinion doesn’t matter. I must admit, I am very lucky with my previous work experience... I’ve had some amazingly fun jobs and have met some amazing people along the way. But, at the end of the day, it’s just a job. I love writing and knowing that I can help other people by doing what I love is the best feeling!

I’m surrounded by people that are entrepreneurs, that are motivated and that are in control of their lives. I’ve just recently started asking myself “Why can’t that be me?” I once heard that life is all about risk and taking chances. We take chances every day, but sometimes you need to take a big chance. And for me, writing as a career is my chance.

I don’t know who Harvey Mackay is, but he must be a wise man, because he once said something that has easily turned into one of my most favourite quotes and a true inspiration to me as I quit my job to pursue writing… “Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you
right. Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”