I think you'll all agree with me that Daniel has given us a very thought provoking piece today.
So I'll keep schtum and let him tell us about one of his Defining Moments:
The blog prompt I choose for today was "what event in your childhood had the biggest impact on your writing career." Now, if you know anything about me at all, you know my childhood wasn't flowers and rainbows. My childhood was dark and painful. So, I struggled with the topic, and almost abandoned it. Until I remembered this:
::in Estelle Getty voice:: Picture it - Central Florida, 1993. The weather is sunny, the sky is filled with seagulls, I'm fifteen years old and have just written a poetic masterpiece about the POWs left behind in Vietnam. I take the poem to my father and read it. Dad mostly ignores me, asks if it's about Star Trek, and then laughs me and my poem off. "Go do something useful and clean your room or study for your history test." I argue that my poem is useful, and he counters with "you're never going anywhere with writing."
Now, I know what you're thinking. "Hey, Danny? That's not a fun memory. It's not even inspiring or uplifting." And I'm almost willing to agree with you.
Consider what happened next: I snatched my poem away and stomped off to my room.
But I did something else as well. I got angry.
I can clearly remember clutching that crumpled up poem in my little hand and swearing I'd prove my father wrong. I remember biting back tears and snarling at my wall, "What does he know? Nothing! That's what! I'll be a writer! I'll show him!!!"
That fire kept me pushing and pushing, kept me reaching toward that goal of publication. It kept me trying when the stack of rejection letters kept growing and growing. And it got me to where I am today.
Every time I submit a story, I think about that poem. Every time I sign a contract for a new story, I think about that poem. And every time I open up a new Word document and type the first few lines of a new story, I smile.
Because I did it - I proved him wrong. :-)
Join me next week when on the sofa - or in the garden - depending on the weather, will be Patricia Logan to promote her new release, Captive Lover, released on the 15 August 2011.