"WORDS ARE, IN MY NOT-SO-HUMBLE OPINION, OUR MOST INEXHAUSTIBLE SOURCE OF MAGIC. CAPABLE OF BOTH INFLICTING INJURY, AND REMEDYING IT." ~ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Yes, college was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Dance team. Sorority. Bartending at one of the BEST bars (at the time) downtown. I wouldn't trade it in for anything! But my absolute biggest regret was that I DIDN'T focus enough on writing. I pushed it to the backburner. And you know what happened? It stayed there.
After college I got a job in marketing. And then in Government consulting. And then in teaching (math, of all things). And my dreams of publication were just pushed farther and farther away. It took me five years--FIVE--to realize that I wouldn't be satisfied at any other job because to write was my calling.
I wasted those five years, nine actually, if you count the four while in school. If I'd focused on writing during that time, maybe I'd already have a few books in the stores. I so wish that was the case.
So if you're in college and you're driven to write--DO IT. If you miss a Friday night party because you're completely ensconced in the novel you're writing? So what? There are parties every Friday night in college. (Or, if your university is anything like mine - there are parties every night in college... even Tuesdays!) Find a balance, and don't miss out on everything of course, but if you know what you want, you're already a HUGE step ahead of many other students. And I'm jealous of you, believe me. Not in a "completely green I secretly hope you fail" kind of way, but in an "I'm happy for you and wish I could go back and do what you're doing" kind of way.
The only caveat I'll add is to make sure you do get out and live beyond your computer (or notebooks) at least sometimes. The richer your life experiences, the better writer you'll be! But don't hold off on that publication dream just because other writers/people tell you not to take it so seriously while you're young.
So, to all of you young(er than me) writers out there - rock on, my friends! And make sure you keep us all updated with your fabulous success!