How Did I Become a Writer?

DIYMFA-Book-Cover-201x300This summer Gabriela Pereira will be releasing her DIYMFA book. I am super excited for it because I have been a fan of DIYMFA and DIYMFA radio for quite some time. As we build toward the release of this book, Gabriela has asked us to answer some questions about our own writing journey. Here is question #2:

QOTW 2: How did you become a writer?

imageIt is without question or pause that I say I was born a creator. Invention, the arts, storytelling – they all spoke to me. I had dreams of being a scientist, a journalist, an artist, and, above all – the one that won the day – a teacher. I never dreamed of “being a writer.” Even as a child I had no concrete idea of its possibility. I loved books. I even loved inventing stories to entertain my little brother, but the idea of making writing a part of my life plan wasn’t something I ever consciously thought about.

And, yet, it permeated every stage of my life. In my elementary years I invented stories for my younger brother and loved my creative writing assignments. In middle school and high school I constantly wrote endless “notes” to my friends, and kept a diary. In high school I added to that by writing poetry. In college the poems continued and the emails began. Upon graduating I found a job as a high school mathematics teacher – a place often bereft of writing – but I wedged it in. I created math worlds for my students with characters and problems of their own, inciting them to mathematical action in order to save said worlds. When illness stole that life from me I found my salvation online where I first wrote my story of loss, and then began to create fictional tales as well. It was then, when every other mark of my identity had been torn from me, that it finally occurred to me that – maybe – I was a writer. And, when my son was born two years ago, I decided that part of being the best mother possible meant being the truest form of myself possible. In searching my soul for the answer to what that meant, one answer rang truest:

I must write.

So when the question is asked of me: “Nicole, how did you become a writer?” there are a number of answers, but the truest one of all is that I became a writer by allowing my truest self free.



When did you become a writer? Was there an exact moment that you can point to?

If you have long thought about becoming a writer, but have been holding back, why? What is stopping you from being a writer?


One thought on “How Did I Become a Writer?

  1. I started writing when I was in middle school, eighth grade to be exact. I remember writing stories in English class about Detective Falcon and his numerous adventures. My classmates loved them so much. That’s where my writing “career” started. In high school, though, i wasn’t writing as much, but I took up Theatre because I loved how creative you could be with script and motion. It wasn’t until college that I felt the urge to write again. I went to junior college with the intention of getting a degree in Education. When I took a Creative Writing class, I found I had a passion for it, which was weird because I was not a very good English student. I started writing more stories when I transferred to a four-year university. I also started keeping a journal. But I didn’t really understand the purpose of a journal. And so, I didn’t keep up with it and threw it away once I graduated. I regret that. I struggled with writing off and on after I graduated. I wanted to quit so many times because I wasn’t keeping up with it. At the same time, I didn’t want to give up on it because I enjoyed being creative, and writing allows me to be creative.

    So that’s where I’m at now. I’m writing more than I have before, whether it’s journaling or crafting new stories. And I’m looking to expand my knowledge and enhance my skills through writing classes and writing groups. I have yet to find either one nearby and can work with my schedule, but I’ll get there. Another difficult thing is that I’m discovering a lot of writers writing in genres other than what I write. It’s a good thing, too, because I can learn what works and what doesn’t. The other “difficult” thing is that most writers I’ve met on social media are female. Again, not bad, but I would like to meet more male writers. I know they’re out there.

    Anyway, enough of my spiel. Thanks for the great post. It’s always interesting to learn about how writers became writers in the first place. Here’s to you, Nicole!


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