The Beginnings of a Writer…

When people ask me if I’ve always been a writer, I pause to consider their question. It’s one I’ve often asked myself.

It certainly wasn’t a career choice many years ago, of that I am certain. As a young teen, I wanted to become the first woman astronaut.

I loved flying in planes and envisioned a trip to outer space.

However, life tossed me a curve and took me in another direction. 

My road was meant to be on another path — a stable one upon the ground.

I have had many jobs — from waitress, banker, accountant (ad agencies, radio stations, and real estate offices) to bookseller. I believed I had found a home with Borders Books. I often told my bosses that I would be working until I retired. Or so I thought… 

Yet, it wasn’t until after I finished writing Dragon Knight’s Sword that I remembered where it all began. Something kept nagging me in the back of my memories. Had I not done this before? Write stories, poems, and plays? Pen my feelings into diaries?

Of course I did!

I had started many moons (decades) ago when I was young and fresh with ideas. As you can see in the photo above, this was one of several diaries. It spanned five years and is crammed with daily musings, along with stories, poems on the loss of beloved pets, and dreams.

This is where it all started. I had forgotten. Buried, until a time when I was ready. I have come full circle.

Back to the beginning…

Have you landed on your career path of choice, or are you still searching?

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12 comments


  1. This is a great topic! I always wanted to be a writer. I remember writing little stories and poems as far back as second grade. When I went to college I wanted to be a writer and majored in English for a while. The practicality edged my dreams aside so I switched my major and became a nurse. However, it was always there. Eventually, I combined both skills and became a professional medical writer and finally dipped my toes into fiction a few years ago. As you know, my debut novel was released in September.
    Hugs,
    Ceci

    • I so understand about the “practicality” of the English language, Ceci. I’m known to pull out my Writer’s Handbook from time to time. How wonderful for you to stay on the path of being a writer. And look where it has landed you! 🙂

      For those who don’t know, Ceci Giltenan’s debut romance book, HIGHLAND SOLUTION is out, which is an excellent read. Check out Ceci’s site and HIGHLAND SOLUTION here: http://www.cecigiltenan.com

  2. Mary, you are going to have such a wonderful career. I can feel it in my heart.

  3. Vici

    Mine didn’t have a lock on it 🙂

  4. Barb R

    I was going to be the ‘next’ Nancy Drew series author as well as Jackie Collins but an ‘unknown cause fire’ wiped out my works as well as my ‘writer’ dreams. BUT I have not felt the loss as great as one might think because there are so many wonderful authors out there and I have found great ‘peace’ and enjoyment reading their tales.

    I am so very happy for you, Mary – I am really looking forward to reading Dragon Knights Sword!

    • Oh Barb, I can’t even imagine…scared to death if a fire wiped out my work. I have back-ups upon back-ups.

      You, too, were destined to be on another path.

      Thank you so much for your kind words about Dragon Knight’s Sword. It means the world to me….(((HUGS)))

  5. Judy

    To actually sit down and put pen to paper has always been a tough thing for me, I find that sitting in front of my computer and resting my fingers on the keyboard starts the flow of ideas and thoughts. In 2005 I decided to start an electronic diary and it helped pull me through some tough times. But there is something to holding back because once it’s on paper or typed out it is no longer a secret and I like keeping some of them locked away.

    I’m counting down the days to read Dragon Knight’s Sword. I know this has been a dream come true and I’m glad that I was able to be here for part of the journey. 🙂

    • I can relate, Judy. Once the words are out for the public, you can never pull them back within your safety net. However, my characters would haunt, yell, and pitch items at me to get their voices heard. I am a slave to my characters and my editor. But in a loving way… Haha!

      It has been a joy having you walk this journey with me. I’m almost at the finish line. 🙂

  6. Leah Weller

    I don’t keep diaries but I have tons of notes written and pics stuck here and there in no real order. I’m always running across them and keep telling myself I will organize them all one day….yes, I am the great procrastinator.

    Whatever started you down your road of writing, I’m glad it happened. It has always been there, inside you, I think. 🙂

    • Well at least you’re writing them down, Leah. 🙂 I used to keep my stories in my head. It wasn’t until my husband gave me my first laptop on our anniversary eight years ago, that I started to write out my first story. He got tired of hearing me talk about them and told me to write them down. I believe they were always hidden inside of me. I just needed to give them a “voice.”

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