The fiction writing thing all started like this:
A family legend tells my lifelong dream was to be a writer. The story takes place in my grandparents’ living room in south-west Australia. While watching a three-year-old me dance around in front of the TV, my grandmother claims to have remarked, “You could be a ballerina when you grow up.” I stopped dancing and looked seriously at my grandmother. “No!” I answered, verging on tears. “I’m going to be a writer.”
Don’t tell me a three-year-old couldn’t even read: I know this story seems improbable. But my grandmother said it was the truth, and I’m sticking to it.
Since then, I’ve done all kinds of things to avoid writing fiction. Studying mathematics at university, working in a medical faculty, living in various strange lands like Japan, Slovakia and Germany, and teaching English as a foreign language.
But the urge to write – or is it the urge to finish writing? – keeps creeping back. I get paid to write for half a dozen travel blogs and websites, but that’s (usually) not fiction. Becoming A Fiction Writer covers the journey from semi-seriously starting to write fiction again to – who knows? Hopefully, to a published novel, or more. Stay tuned.
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