aastrolatry asked: I'm sure you've been asked quite a few times before, but if you don't mind relaying it once more: how were you able to start? I'm hesitant to say that I ask for selfish reasons; I do write, but I'm yet to admit that I'd want it as a full time career. It's more of a fleeting aspiration. It's just that when I see someone my age whose traveled such a wonderfully different path, the curiosity bubbles up in me.
I’m reminded that an important thing for any kind of artist to remember is that you’re still always becoming, no matter how accomplished you are. I’m nowhere near being formed as a writer, and because of that I’m not really qualified to give advice about writing. I still have a long, long way to go. That said, I can tell you when I started thinking of writing as something I could do for a living. It began with positive feedback from teachers and a friend who believed in me. Then journalism and my college writing classes. After that it was learning how to tell people no. My friends got frustrated until they realized I was serious. That took time. If you want to write as a career the only way that will happen is by writing. For yourself. For your friends. For the Internet. Journalism is a good way to get experience, but there are many other ways to get there. You have to find your own.