Writing the “About” section for my own author website posed an intriguing and unique opportunity. The old adage of “practicing what I preach” came to mind, so I focused on two things I’m constantly advocating in others: being open and honest, and telling a story.
I fell in love with storytelling at an early age. I still consider certain books to be some of my closest friends. While my high school curriculum was jam packed with maths and sciences, my first steps down my current career path occurred when I took a creative writing course in my “victory lap” (5th year) of high school. Suddenly tasked with crafting tales like the ones I had always valued, I found myself hooked.
After realizing that this desire for a new form of creative expression would not be satisfied by my previous professional ambitions, I decided to go to university for business. Three weeks later, I switched to the philosophy program. While I have varying opinions on the philosophies of our species, I will forever appreciate what I learned from studying and evaluating those texts: how to formulate a well-crafted written argument.
My time after graduation brought many jobs - from technology sales to bartending, from freelance consulting to driving Uber - yet the deep-seated need to write never faded. Slowly, painstakingly, I studied and practiced storytelling, gradually sharing more and more of my writing with the world. A few magazines published some shorter pieces, and my pile of half-finished book manuscripts threatened to topple and crush me. And still, I kept writing.
Finally, a realization confronted me in a way that I could no longer ignore: my stories weren’t interesting. A startling breakthrough for anyone. For an aspiring author, it was devastating.
After a brutally-honest review from a dear friend, I wondered if I had wasted years of my life wandering down a path that led nowhere. The words of another friend, an old bar patron and fellow writer, rang in my ear: “you have to keep writing. No matter how hard it gets, no matter what comes out, you owe it to the world to keep writing.”
And then it hit me, the understanding that my stories weren’t the ones I should be telling, that other people had stories, wisdom, insights, and philosophies from lifetimes of experience that needed to be shared with the world. I finally realized that I hadn’t been developing my abilities as a writer to voice my own thoughts and opinions, but to be a voice for those whose thoughts and opinions could change the world.
And the rest, as they say, is history. Not long after that, I asked George if I could write his book, and after almost 2 years of grueling, passion-fueled, confusing, exciting work, I Love Mondays was born.
Accomplishing this major milestone of publishing my first book has been a remarkable journey, and I’m excited to use this book to help a lot of people. If you’re reading this, you’ve already contributed to the next chapters of my story, and I must thank you for your support. I hope you’re as excited as I am to see what happens next!