Why I Wanted to Be a Writer
People write because they have stories to tell. Though some entries were never meant to be read by others or only by a handful of others, the works that can be shared with a larger audience are told to make people happy - or to make them think. Anyone can become a writer (though only a privileged few get to make a career out of it to support themselves and their loved ones), and most of us spend our entire school years learning how to write better. Some of us even better ourselves through writing, while others just end up making people angry. Even so, when your writing comes from your heart, everything that results from it is worthwhile.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. In school, you're supposed to draw on your life experiences in order to respond to the writing prompts that they give you. These are always hit or miss depending on what you've experienced and what the teacher is asking of you. Most of the time, no one else will understand. You can find yourself through writing, and sometimes you can get by on uniqueness alone (if they haven't beaten it out of you already). The inspiration for my first series of works came from a sixth grade lesson in oceanography in which we had to write short stories including the scientific terms we had learned. I wrote one story after another until I had about six by the time the assignment was due. Needless to say, my teacher was impressed. They weren't all perfect or anything, and I ended up keeping only one to be included in the series I was putting together by the eighth grade - this time for my friends and myself, not for an assignment. In high school, I continued to submit some of these works for assignments, but with lesser returns of success. People just didn't get it, and my teacher thought it was mediocre at best. While school assignments are great ways of evaluating your work, sometimes it's just not the right audience to receive your work and can ruin the submission (and your confidence) forever.
Although my characters were based on grade school experiences, inspiration continued to come to me during college. However, I did not take any creative writing courses because I was informed that the type of writing I did was not accepted there as a form of literature. Because I wrote about teens, my target audience would be teens (or even pre-teens). Meanwhile, the composition writing courses I took were far more difficult than even the AP courses I had taken in high school. There were some days I would gladly have skipped them (and almost did once) to focus on writing my stories instead. They would have been my senior thesis, but thanks to not being allowed to write them for any creative writing course, my thesis then became about the importance and influences about the various forms of storytelling.
I have loved to write since kindergarten. Over the years, I have written short stories, essays, poems, and derivative works, including fan fiction and parodies. I feel like a pianist at my keyboard. However, Renaissance composers had sponsors, and I am far too busy trying to eke out a living in my everyday life to work on my planned works anymore. Though I may never finish all that I have set out to do, I will never stop being a writer. I will always be thinking and creating in some way, shape, or form. While I may never achieve my dream of doing this for a living, it will always be a part of my identity.