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Subject: The Dream of One Day being a Writer...
Date Posted: 4/9/2009 7:06 PM ET
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As a child might say "When I grew up, I want to be.." I want to be a Writer. My mother wants me to be a lawyer. I am not torn between the two, I am sure I want to write. I have a fear though. The fear is being a horrible writer, a person that would never even get a chance, let alone have a publisher look at me. I am grew up for my sixteen years, I am not one of those teens that party or think that life is going to be a walk in the park once I get away from my parents. I know that the world is a horrible place, that horrid events happen everyday. I just want to know if others would share their struggles, if there is anyone that can relate with me. What you majored in, in college? If want you majored in didn't help you at all? If others feared the same things? Or just your opinions/suggestions.

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Date Posted: 4/9/2009 7:29 PM ET
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Don't give up, try to reach your dreams....

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Date Posted: 4/10/2009 9:28 AM ET
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I too wanted to be a writer from the time I was about nine years-old. My first novel was published when I was 46--so it can take awhile! I think the most important thing you can do to grow as a writer is to read, read, read. That will help you in so many ways. I majored in English in college and also got my teaching degree. I taught high school English for 15 years and wrote on the side when I had time (I was also raising two sons and working on a Master's degree. Oh, and I was a single mom after the first few years). Anyway, I think it's important to hold on to your dreams, do everything you can to get better at your craft (go to workshops, join critique groups, read, write . . .) but don't give up your day job (whether it's as a student or an actual paying job). Good luck! Judy Larsen
Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 4/11/2009 2:01 PM ET
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I was always interested in writing and dreamed of being a novelist since middle school.  I also had a love for history, so when it came time to choose a major in college, history won out over english.  Which might seem weird since I've never had any desire to write non-fiction, but if you have a field you love you can make use of it in your writing - either directly like setting a story in a specific historical era, or just as inspiration for characters and situations in SF&F settings (to use my history degree as an example.)

Most of the best SF authors out there have science degrees.  Western writers have studied that era of history.  Whatever you write, you're going to need to do research, so you might as well pick a major you're going to enjoy the rest of your life.  You can always fill your electives with english and writing classes, maybe take a minor (if not a double major).

And, as a side note, I work in lending for a local credit union.  So I'm not even using my history degree professionally anyway.  But even if I had known that back then, I still wouldn't have done anything different in college.

Shaun (sec) - ,
Date Posted: 5/3/2009 9:58 AM ET
Member Since: 11/23/2008
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Study what you love / what interests you.  Write about what you love / what interests you.  Do what you love / what interests you.  Granted...  in today's economy, this isn't always easy or possible.

From the moment I could put a coherent sentence together on paper, I have had a passion for writing.  I also went nuts over computers when I discovered them.  Thus, I was face with a dilemma in college when it came time to declare a major: English or Computer Science?  In the end, I went with Computer Science -- not only interesting to me, but much better job prospects!

I still work in the computer industry (and love it).  I also write all the time.  I mostly blog, but I also keep a journal and do other bits of writing here and there for various things.  I don't write to make money (I've made very little from writing); I write because I love to it.  It's a sick, sick addiction that I just can't seem to shake.

Don't worry about being a horrible writer.  No one is perfect, and you improve with practice.  Some people will love your writing and some will despise it.  Just keep in mind that you're not writing for them: you're writing for you.

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 2:19 PM ET
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She's no longer a member.  I suspect because she was 16 years old.

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