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My Newest Addiction

Updated on July 16, 2012

My New Addiction

Way back in the day when I was in high school, I had notebooks full of poetry. Didn’t every teenage girl?

I remember writing a paper for high school English class. We got to choose the subject, but of course, we had to follow certain formatting and such. The subject I chose was the Salem witch trials. Not really sure why I chose that particular subject, maybe because I was born in Massachusetts. Regardless, that’s what I wrote about. Our paper was supposed to be three or four typed pages, double spaced. And, I mean typed, you know, on a typewriter.

So I researched and typed. Outline, rough draft, you know the drill. Finished it up and it was 11 double spaced typed pages. Yes, I know, only three times the required amount. Over achiever.

We were graded on five different areas. I can’t recall all of them, but I’m certain they included things like sentence structure, paragraph formatting and punctuation. Our overall grade was an average of the five semi-grades. Anyway, I ended up making the highest grade in the class, with an overall grade of 102. I still have my grade sheet from that paper. Still have my FFA jacket too, but that’s another story.

That was the last thing I wrote, except for maybe a poem or two. Finished high school and then life took over. Kids, marriage, work… you understand.

Through the years, I’ve often thought of writing a children’s book. But, that’s all I did was think about it. Oh wait, almost forgot… ages ago I wrote a version of my story ‘Grandma’s Attic’ for a contest in a magazine. I didn’t win but it was printed as a runner up or something. It was so long ago.

Anyway, I’ve been divorced five years now. I’ve often thought about writing, but didn’t act on it until recently. My daughter, who is 21, enrolled in an online college for a degree in graphic design. The college has provided her with a laptop and all the needed software for her degree. She encouraged me to check out the college, so I did.

I found there is actually a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment, and they were willing to provide me with a laptop and needed software also. Needless to say, I couldn’t enroll fast enough! My admissions guy told me to start writing, to write anything and everything I could.

I was nervous. I thought ‘who will want to read my stuff?’ and I thought ‘I’m not very good’. But I took a deep breath, said a prayer, and I jumped.

Now I’m getting wonderful comments from amazing writers here on hubpages. I’ve been accepted on as a four- star writer and made my first $12.95 as a ‘professional’ writer!

I’ve just submitted my first manuscript to a publisher for a children’s book. When I’m at my regular day job, all I can think about is what I can write when I get home. I can’t stop, all I want to do is write!!

‘Why did I wait so long?’ I ask myself. The time wasn’t right. But now it is and here I am, meeting new people and experiencing things I thought only ‘other people’ got to experience.

I am blessed.


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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An encouraging piece of work, don't stop writing you the talent why waste it? voted up!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      This is a great hub lindalou, I enjoyed reading about you following your dreams, Voted up and awesome!

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much. This is all very surreal for me, something I've always wanted to do. Thank you for your applause!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Kudos to you my friend! Keep going. You are a wonderful writer and I commend your courage.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks T !! I am chasing my dream, I just hope it doesn't run!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Way to go, lindalou. Bravo on summoning the courage to take the first step and start pursuing your dreams. It's never too late. :)

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      gosh sorry for some typo error I was obviously in a rush.... yes yes writing seems to call us, and it is in our system... we have writing itch...

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Nice to meet you too! Thank you for commenting. Writing seems to 'call' us, doesn't it?

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      though I have asked the same questios before, let's jsut think there is no age when it comes to love and passions. People who really loves to write will always write even if she stops for a while. We are similar in some aspects, I started writing poem when I was in elementary, started writing scripts for class role playing in highschool and my group were always the best then, I also submitted poem for our school newsletter and father was just so happy he bought me my own typewrite, no computer at those times yet.... I stop writing in college, being enrolled in a communication arts class, I lost interest in writing thinking that everybody can write, what made me any different? so I temporarily forgot about it, but went back to it during my early years working in a government, my present job has no relation to writing at all... now I am writing again, started out of my passion for my dog Peso in fact my first article was about him and was published in a pet magazine in our country. I still contribute articles to that magazine. Hubpages is another great experience..... now I know a lot of people can write, but we have different styles, different hearts, and perspective... that made us different from one another.... I just to write too..... I guest writers have a pattern right? it was obvious since our younger years... nice to meet you