Weren’t we all once?
I feel like I could have written this post myself…
I recently stumbled across a blog with a post written about college students and why they shouldn’t try so hard to get published while in college–because they’ll miss too much of the “college” experience. … After college I got a job in marketing. And then in Government consulting. And then in teaching (math, of all things). I wasted those five years, nine actually, if you count the four while in school. If I’d focused on writing during that time, maybe I’d already have a few books in the stores.
Myself, I did a lot of idea development during my college and post-college years. I guess if you count the start of my wanting to be a professional writer for real as 2007, then really, that’s only 3 years post-college, but I went to college for 6 years when you include undergrad and grad school. So, all told, I also “wasted” nine years, just like Sara.
My one comfort is that I can usually look up writers I like on Wikipedia and find that they are a lot older than I am. Of course, most of them also have a bibliography that go back a ways, but I try to ignore that so I can tell myself that it’s okay to if I have to write for a few more years before I actually get anything worthy of publishing.