I’ve had an epiphany. Yes, dear reader, another one. I’m making a habit of this.
Yesterday, I watched an interview with billionaire Warren Buffet, who said that the secret to success was finding your passion.
It got me thinking. What is my passion? Is it journalism? No. I have enjoyed my 30 year career as a journalist immensely, but it is not my passion. Is it PR? Nope. It is pleasant and a good fit for my skill set, but it doesn’t make my heart sing.
My passion is writing stories.
Since signing up to two creative writing courses, I’ve had to do a lot of ‘proper’ writing. Sometimes, it’s a struggle and I rage at the blinking cursor on the screen. In other moments, I get totally lost in the story that I’m weaving. It’s like a spell and woe betide anyone who interrupts me and breaks it.
My ‘thing’ is writing stories. Why has it taken me so long to realise this? Because, bizarrely, I don’t want it to be ‘my thing’. Spinning yarns doesn’t exactly look like a shortcut to £1m and if I’m honest, that’s what I am after. I’ve worked really hard all my life and was hoping for an easier way forward.
I was born this way. As soon as I could talk I was making up stories in my head. I didn’t carve out a living as a novelist, because I believed that only ‘special’ people wrote books. I’m not Shakespeare, a Bronte sister or J.K Rowling.
But I am a writer and million or no million, from now on, I have to make it a priority.
I am a writer. I was born to tell stories. I am good at it. My stories will make money. Lots of money. The feng shui frog says so.