Many freelance writers know that they were destined to be a writer from early childhood. Not me. Even though writing skills appeared early on in life (published my first piece (350 page story in the 6th grade for a writing contest), I never thought of writing as a career choice.
The main reason is that the majority of my life was spent at the University of Michigan Hospital. Due to a life-threatening liver condition, my youngest brother was frequently hospitalized and I stayed with him there. While other girls were enjoying their high school years, I was hundreds of miles away from home. Along with keeping up with my school work, I would spend endless hours in the hospital library reading stacks of anatomy books and learning complex medical terminology, feeding my fascination of medicine.
Skip ahead to my college years. Truly inspired by the outstanding medical staff at the University of Michigan Hospital, I set my sights on a nursing degree. While attending college, I worked as a Spanish Interpreter at a local community hospital.
I was heading for a career in nursing at blazing speed but I felt something was missing. Then one day everything suddenly changed. The Department Chair of English stopped me in the hallway to congratulate me. She informed me that she really enjoyed my writing style and writing skills so much that she was using my latest work as a teaching tool in all of her journalism classes. I was shocked and lightheaded. Even though the art of writing seemed very easy to me, I never would’ve thought that I’d be good enough to survive in the cutthroat world of freelance writing. She urged me to give it a try and so I did. It was the best decision of my life!
As I dipped my toes in the field of freelance writing for the first time, I felt this passion and excitement that I had never felt before. I fell head over heels in love with the entire writing life from acquiring clients to turning in the final product. Rave reviews poured in from each client that I worked with because my writing was helping them surpass their business goals. Every time my hands hit the keys on my keyboard, I know that I was meant to be a writer.