Let me tell you something. Something about myself. It’s not often I talk about my past, but in this case it could help you.
I wasn’t always writing. I mean, I did, but it didn’t last long. My first story was back in the 5th grade, decades before the independent publishing era began, even before the internet became a household necessity.
My first story was about a robot called “JetThrust.” He flew around Earth saving earthlings from deranged scientists, evil alien robots and flame-spitting dragons. It was a handwritten story scribbled on loose-leaf paper, stapled inside a folded piece of construction paper. Artwork featured throughout the story was provided by yours truly.
You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this.
Alright. So here’s the moral of the story: I quit writing. I got caught up with the wrong crowd. I got sent to a boarding school that served bad food, and when I “graduated” I didn’t even have an acceptance letter from any relevant college.
Now, I know there are people out there that deal with much bigger issues, and to me those are the real heroes of society, not the ones the paparazzi media will have you worship.
My point is, I struggled. I had to work various jobs while going to community college, and back then, I was upset that things weren’t going my way. The jobs I worked brought me face-to-face with people whom I would rather not discuss. But here’s the proverbial silver-lining: Those struggles are what got me to pick up my writing again. Those experiences, while painful, are now, and will always be, a part of me.
Don’t ever misunderstand your pain, it’s what gives you strength, experience, and maturity.
So when you look back at your life, and you remember your struggles, and situations that you’d wish you could forget, remember this…you’re still standing.
And that’s your victory.
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing, sales & marketing, and life. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.