My father told me almost ten years ago that I was really good at writing. At the time, it was something I'd never thought about making a living out of. Like most teenagers, I probably wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life at that point. What my father had said really stuck with me so I continued to write, but from that day on, I'd always have the thought in mind of writing for a living.
So here I am, going on 27 years old and what do I have to show for my dreams of writing? Sadly, not too much. Of course I acknowledge that it's also my own fault for slacking off (hey, I'm a human being, I get lazy. It's part of what we do.) But it hasn't been a total waste. I did write for a few fan sites over the years and I've improved my writing a lot. When I look at the stuff I write now compared to what I wrote years ago, I can't help but smile like a big flippin' idiot.
What I want to write about has also changed. Originally, I just wanted to write about the video game industry but I took interest in other things over the last year. I'm in the middle of a fan-fiction love story (yeah, I like fan-fics, sue me.) I've done some plotting for a super hero parody story that I've yet to finish, and thanks to the guys at spiderfan.org I've take an interest in writing comic book reviews and editorials about Spider-Man related things. If someone told me my writing interests would branch out this much years ago, I probably wouldn't have believed them.
I know the profession I've chosen is not an easy one to break into. This is something a lot of people shoot for. Imagine my surprise when I found out that at least four of my co-workers also enjoy writing. In a world where so many people say you should go into work with computers (no offense to all you computer junkies), it really is nice to see that there are others out there who share my particular interests.
The road to breaking into writing probably won't be easy, but hey, what worth having is easily obtained? Maybe one day, you'll be reading about a Spider-Man story I've been thinking about putting in the comics or about the crazy exploits of my own creation, Powerful Man. Like someone wise once said, if you want something bad enough, you will get it.