My Newest Addiction
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 textbroker.com 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.