I am curious as to why ya'all write and what ya'all are working on write now.
Here is my story. I never planned to be a writer. I wrote poetry but that was more artsy than writing for me.
I was an English and History major in college by default. I didn't want to teach and I had no clear objective in my life. I nearly minored in several other areas, as well. I am a bit unfocused. I love English but I am what you would call a literature major more than a writing major, although, I did get some articles published in college.
In the mid-nineties, I was working at a call center and I had a friend who kept asking if I was interested in becoming a writer. When she got pregnant she suggested that I apply for her technical writing job at an engineering/manufacturing company. I got the job and spent 2.5 years (until I got pregnant) writing manufacturing instructions, assembly instructions, and engineering instructions.
My husband told me that as long as I made enough money to pay for the girls tuition at a Christian school, I didn't have to go back to work. The countdown is on. My youngest is in preschool this fall. I have through kindergarten to make this work (we send them half day so it would make no sense for me to return to work).
I don't have the heart for professional photography and my Etsy shop bombed. I started writing again. I've been writing for Suite101 for a little over a year and thanks to the encouragement of seeing what you all are doing, I have expanded my horizons and am writing for Demand Studio, How To Do Things.com and Today.com.
I like it.
I can't wait to hear your stories.