When I was in the tenth grade my creative writing teacher, Mrs. Darnell, asked me if she could read my writing to the class. This was the moment I knew I wanted to be a writer. I had pulled words and phrases out of my mind and strung them together in such a way that they deserved praise. I was high on the praise.
Then a few months ago, almost by happy accident, I ended up at the first Voices leadership meeting. And Jennifer introduced me as a blogger. I was Almost speechless. My blog was only a few months old and I had only written a handful of posts. I certainly hadn’t found my voice yet. To be labeled and titled as anything in the world of writing was an honor. Again, I was high on the recognition. When Jason asked me how the meeting went, I told him “I was introduced as a blogger.” He congratulated me.
And now I’m going to be published. I won a short story contest held by Southern Writers Magazine. But I know being a writer is really only about writing. You write? Congratulations, you’re a writer.
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