Someone recently asked me when did I first discover that I was a writer. I really had to think about that question.
I have always been a voracious reader. I remember that, as a young child, my mother would search for me high and low and inevitably find me hiding out in a corner somewhere reading a book. I had to hide. I am the oldest of five children and finding a moment of peace and a quiet space to read required some ingenuity. I eventually learned to tune the world out while I read. That ability to focus in and tune out distractions served me well in college and law school and continues to serve me well in both the practice of law and my writing career.
I started writing at an early age too. At the age of 13, I began writing a science fiction novel that was inspired by Star Wars. In high school, I wrote poetry and song lyrics. One of my poems was published in my high school yearbook.
Despite the fact that I began writing at an early age, I really discovered that I was a writer in 2007 when, after years of stifling my creativity and being miserable, I wrote an erotic poem. Even though I had never written an erotic poem before, it was the best poem I had ever written. A few of the lines just came to me while I was in the shower. I dried off, threw on a robe, sat at my computer, typed the lines that were in my head and created the rest of the poem around it. When I had finished, I just sat there staring at the computer in astonishment. I realized then that I had to write or I would never be happy or complete. That's when I knew I was a writer.