Why I Became a Writer
Writing isn’t just about putting pen to paper, its a means of expression and a pathway to finding yourself. Writing has always been a strong passion of mine, and something I always wanted to take on full-time.
So, when I decided to take a stand, take my life into my own hands and aim to become a full-time writer, I never thought my dreams would turn into a reality.
Find out why I became a writer, and why it’s the best decision I’ve ever made below:
WHO AM I:
My name is Sara Ridley and I live in a small outback town in remote Australia. I have self-published four novels and own a blog, Life Of A Storyteller, dedicated to helping aspiring authors write, publish and market their novels. When I am not typing away at my computer, I have my head in a book or am trying to come up with new theories for Game of Thrones (yes, I’m a little obsessed with the series).
WHEN AND WHY DID I START WRITING:
Since the age of 12, I had always known I wanted to become a writer. It wasn’t until I asked my Grandmother if I could write her life story did that become a reality. I started researching her life in 2013, and two years later self-published her story for the world to read. As a sufferer of onset dementia, I wanted her to always be able to remember the life she lived. That is why I wrote the novel, and also one of the reasons why I have continued with my writing career since.
I have always found something rather beautiful in words. The way they capture a person’s imagination or express the way we feel; the way they can impact another person’s life, and create changes never thought possible.
WHO HAS BEEN MY BIGGEST INSPIRATION:
There have been many people who have influenced my writing career since it begun. My main inspiration for writing comes from my Mum. Growing up in a remote outback town leaves you with limited opportunities to spread your wings. A lot of people believed I was simply a dreamer, that becoming a writer was unrealistic.
It was my Mum who inspired me and told me that I could be anything I want. That society’s expectations of who I had to become shouldn’t hold me back. I took her advice, and if I hadn’t listened to her all those years ago I wouldn’t be where I am today.
WHAT HAS BEEN MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE:
My greatest challenge as a writer has been acceptance. I come from a small mining town that can place certain expectations on what you are to become once you leave school, such as a nurse or a hairdresser. I was never one to follow the rules of society and realized that I wasn’t going to settle for anything less than my dreams.
When I told people I was writing a novel, some were supportive or interested. However, the majority didn’t understand why I would waste my time on something that wouldn’t be a lifelong job. Building myself as a respected writer and gaining that acceptance has been challenging, yet rewarding. I didn’t cheat my way around the bend, I earned their acceptance.
WHAT DO I WANT MY READERS TO TAKE AWAY FROM MY NOVELS:
With each novel that I write, there is an underlying message within them. Each message is symbolic to that novel, however, I believe in each of my novels I try to inspire hope. Fear is such a strong emotion us humans have in us, whether it be a fear of moving forward in our lives, fear of falling in love, fear of writing a novel, for instance. As President Snow states in the Hunger Games, ‘the only thing stronger than fear is hope.’ With a little hope, I believe we can move mountains.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR ME:
As they say, the world is our oyster! I am currently working on a fantasy series that has been in the works for almost two years. I have no plans on releasing that anytime soon as I am still in the world building stage, however, would like to see it traditionally published in the coming years. I do, however, plan on helping as many writers as I can publish their novels, whether that be self-publishing or traditional publishing.
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