I remember how hard it was for me to learn to write.
I mastered printing at an early age. At the time, I was determined to write a book. I was 7 years old, and I had never heard of anyone printing a book.
By this time I had my own office, so I practiced writing day and night.
I took my older sister’s writing with me and and used it as my example. My sister was an artist, and she made her writing fancy.
I begged her to make it plain so that I could copy it. It took me a long time to copy, but I was determined, and finally, I learned to write.
My stories were not hard to write. I made them up in my head before I started writing. I had a method. I had certain writers whom I copied.
I studied them over and over until I mastered their touch. I wrote my first book when I was 7, and I’ve been writing stories ever since.
When I was in junior high school I developed some serials. I got a group of friends to purchase them for nickel apiece. That was the way I earned lunch money. I sold enough serials to make lunch money for a year.
I wrote and sold stories quite a bit during high school. I didn’t have much money, so I had to keep thinking of ways to earn my keep. Fortunately I was a good salesman, so I managed to earn my way.
I kept writing and pretty soon I got married. My husband was pretty impressed with my work, and he encouraged me to enroll in a writing class. I learned a lot, and I’ve been writing every since.
Over the years I’ve met a lot of people who made up their minds when they were children about what they would do in life. Some have gone through endless difficulties trying to find ways to chart their course. A few finally succeeded and found their way to the pot of gold at the end of their rainbow.
I have a friend who started out as a child to become a musician and he actually made it. He struggled for a long time, but in the end he hit a lucky streak. He worked and worked, and there was an angel awaiting him in the wings. He made it big- time, and now I'm thrilled every time I hear his name.
That gives me another story to tell. Whenever I run into young people who are hoping and believing, who are working hard and looking forward to the day when they step into the limelight, I can always tell them about my friend who made it big on a dream.
The world is still open to dreamers. Sometimes you have to wait until it’s it your turn to shine.
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