Now that Father’s Day is upon us I decided to share something about my Father. Why you ask? Isn’t this a blog about writing?
Yes. It is. But without some kind guidance from my father, I may of never been a writer. Let me explain.
Back in 1985, I had written a few stories in 5th Grade and then for some odd reason I quit. Call it peer pressure or lack of faith. That appeared to be the end of my writing.
Enter 2003. I had just returned from an unsuccessful stint in Florida where I had tried finding a job, and instead found myself lacking direction. My family had warned me not to go since the job market down there at the time wasn’t booming. But I went anyway, call it youthful stubbornness. We all know that at that age it’s not cool to listen to your parents. And besides, I knew everything, or so I thought.
Now in August 2003, back home in Virginia, with no job, or direction, something happened. Something unexpected.My father gave me some advice. And guess what? I listened. He told me to write. Not for money, or profit, not to become famous. He said do it for writing’s sake. He told me that I had tossed aside a valuable gift years ago, and I owed it to myself to return to it. To be true to my talents. That gift was, you guessed it, writing.
So I did something that was strangely alien for me. I took my father’s advice. And I wrote. I read books on writing. And I wrote. I amassed rejection slips from publishers and agents. And I wrote. I researched the market. And I wrote. I penned 3 novels that never saw the light of day. And I wrote.
Then in 2013 I decided to enter the independent writing arena. I made marketing mistakes like all new indie writers but I learned from them while publishing 7 works I’m proud of. It’s still trial and error, but that’s the beauty of life isn’t it? Learning from those experiences and making myself a better writer, and a better person. Have my books sold millions? Nope. But I love what I do. Writing what I love and having people read and comment on my work. Good or bad reviews, every person who’s read my work cannot deny my love for writing. The passion in my heart when I write about what I love, without fear of whether it will sell or not. That’s the best kind of writing. Where the best stories come from. Believe me.
Ok. So let’s get back to Father’s Day. My Father isn’t a man who hands out praise unless it’s warranted, but he’s happy to see me happy, and always mentions that when we sit down to talk about my writing ,and where it has taken me as a person.
So on Father’s Day, or any day for that matter. When your Father or any Father-Figure in your life tries to give you sound advice. Listen. It may just change your life.
That’s the Power of Fathers.
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 and self-improvement. 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.