I've been writing some form of a blog on and off for the past eight years. I just checked. I published my first blog post on January 29, 2010. I was fourteen, with too many thoughts and a desire to shout them into the void with the hope that someone would hear me. And here I am, eight years later, doing the exact same thing. I like to think I'm a bit wiser. I know for certain that I am older. But the feeling remains the same.
I hesitate to call myself a writer even though I know that's what I want to be. Fourteen-year-old me was not hesitant at all, with a blog title where I called myself a "teenage novelist." (Also: I'm not going to give you the full title of my blog. That is for me to know and the internet to blessedly forget.)
Now, at fourteen, I hadn't yet written a novel. Not even close. I had hopes to, and dreams to, but I did not have the discipline to sit down and work at writing. I wrote when the inspiration struck me and gave up when staring at the blank Word document was driving me insane. I let myself quit. It was easier to quit than it was to work at writing a story that was taking effort.
Cut to now. I'm a graduate. I have a degree that is sitting on my desk begging me to put it to use. I didn't quit when I was getting that degree, even though there were times when I desperately wanted to. Through the process of earning that degree, I learned perseverance. I worked harder than I ever had to maintain the standards that I set for myself.
If I could do that with my degree, I can do that with my writing. The only way to improve is to practice. This blog might not be me sharing snippets of the next great American novel, but it will be me writing about things that I am passionate about. Look forward to posts about Life-Editing, as I affectionately call figuring out life post-grad, and Reviews, of books, movies, TV, albums, podcasts, you name it.
I've hesitated to call myself a writer over the past four years of getting my degree, which was coincidentally, in writing. And I've been a student for nineteen years. But now that I am not a student, I've been looking for another title. I think writer just might work.