My Writing Journey: The How And Why I Started Writing With Advice For Aspiring Writers Included

When Did You Begin Writing?

Many children begin a hobby when they are young. For example, they get involved in sports, swimming, gymnastics, dance, martial arts, etc. As soon as I was able, I held a pencil in my hand and started writing. I received many diaries and journals as gifts when I was younger. I excelled in writing assignments in school whether it was writing a report, essay, or something of the sort. My writing journey began by writing my day-to-day thoughts in a journal.

In the 3rd grade, I wrote my first poem for a poetry contest. It was about elephants, which is my favorite animal by the way. Unfortunately, I did not win the contest, but that is when I really grew to love writing even more.

Why Do You Write?

Writing began as a hobby and soon turned into a passion. I write because I want to. It has always been for me. I initially would hide my journals away somewhere in my room, but one day I started reading my thoughts to those closest to me. They would tell me that my words were powerful. I had no idea my words carried that amount of weight. I was just free writing most days.

Writing has always been and always will be my form of expression. What was once a hobby then became my form of healing. There have been certain traumas in my life and I turned to writing to express my inner thoughts. Writing has always offered me comfort that people simply could not.

What Or Who Inspires You?

When I was not writing in a journal, I was reading as often as I could. I know this is probably not common, but I was one of those students in school who actually enjoyed summer reading. One of my favorite books, (I have a tattoo from the book actually) that I read over the course of one summer, The Kite Runner, is my favorite to this day.

As a teenager, I was obsessed with the Twilight Series, the Hunger Games, the Divergent Series, Fifty Shades, and a few others. My tastes in genres have evolved over time.

In my early twenties, I began to gravitate towards poetry mostly. I promised myself I would read the entire poetry section of Barnes & Noble once and I think I did pretty well. I’ve read all of Lang Leav’s books, I’m obsessed with Rupi Kaur, Atticus, and a few others.

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What Is Your Writing Process Like?

My writing process varies. Sometimes I need absolute silence and other times I need music playing in order to focus. I need a cup of coffee of course or several. I do most of my writing on my laptop. When I do not have access to my laptop or I’m on the go, I usually put thoughts that come to me randomly in the notes on my phone. Once I begin writing and really zone in on my work, I can lock myself away in the room for hours.

Do You Plan To Make A Career Out Of Writing?

For the time being, I manage my blog for the sole purpose of putting my writing out into the world. I did not know where this blog would lead me, nor did I think I would grow a following on twitter, but I am forever grateful. I have interacted with some wonderful creatives in the writing community who have helped me in certain areas.

If the opportunity presents itself, I am certainly interested in making writing a side hustle. I would be open to freelance work or other opportunities if they come my way. I majored in creative writing in college and one of my goals is to publish at least one book in my lifetime.

What Kind Of Books Do You Want To Publish?

The thing with me is I do not want to be defined by one genre or a certain type of writing. I want to become a well-rounded writer, therefore, this means exploring every possibly avenue. Currently, I hope to publish a book of fiction, maybe a memoir, a short story anthology, books of poetry, and a children’s book which is being worked on soon.

What Advice Would You Give To Aspiring Writers?

The best advice I can give anyone who is thinking of writing is this: never lose sight of why you started writing in the first place. If it becomes a chore to write or you are too focused on making money or becoming published, you will quickly fizzle out. For instance, my sole focus is writing for my own benefit. The money and the publications can come later. However, I write because it is something I enjoy.

I would also advise that confidence is of the utmost importance. A wise person once told me, “Not everyone will understand your craft and this is okay.” That is such a powerful statement. Writing is a difficult profession. Rejection will happen often. You have to push through that. Never lose sight of why you started, how you started, and where you are going. Trust your process, always.

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As always, thanks for reading. Feel free to comment below or tweet me on twitter: @msdakotawrites if you have any feedback. It is always greatly appreciated! 🙂

Until next time,

Dakota 🙂

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Ms. Dakota, is a current graduate student and soon to be elementary education teacher. She is a multi-genre writer who explores the world of creative non-fiction, poetry, and fiction. You can find her on twitter: @msdakotawrites.

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