My Writer’s Journey: From Dropout to Author
Everything happens for a reason.
I wish I knew this the day I left college — unable to pay my tuition and crying on the steps of the enrollment office. But at age 18, with no credit and still working as barista (or as I called it, coffee slave), it was difficult to see any of this on the bright side. That wisdom, as it so often does, would come later.
Earlier that year, I had been accepted to multiple colleges, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and as a result won several scholarships. It seemed my hard work and late weekends making lattes had finally paid off. But as fate would have it, it wasn’t enough. By the end of summer, I was two-thousand dollars short of paying tuition and without a bank willing to loan me.
But, I had to go to school if I ever wanted a career.
For this reason, I enrolled for classes at my local community college. It wasn’t my first choice, but I was eager to learn wherever I could. Two years later, at age 20, I found myself in the same circumstance. Now just $273 away from returning another semester.
This wasn’t working. Clearly it wasn’t, but my only option was also the most frightening.
I needed to drop-out of school.
And I did, I left school and started working full-time. First, as a design assistant. Then, as a client specialist for a web design company. This path helped me develop my skills and career as a web-designer through self-study and on-the-job problem solving.
When I tell people I’m without a degree, I’m always returned with surprise and disbelief.
How did I learn all this without a degree?
I would have thought it was luck, if I hadn’t done it twice.
It was during this time, I was also inspired to write my first novel, read an excerpt here. Using these same self-studying skills, I learned the art of writing and later the business of self-publishing.
Chances are you’re just like I was. You have a job, piles of school work, endless chores, and maybe after all of this, a social life. All of these responsibilities can take you away from your writing. You want to write that amazing story you’ve had locked in your head forever. But, you need years of school and thousands of dollars, right?
Let me say this: You do not!
Four years later, I’m on the brink of publishing my first book series, and I want to share my experience with you. I’ll be exploring topics such as word-building, character development, editing, dialogue, weekly motivation boards and discovering the latest tools and tricks to get us there.
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