I won't pretend to understand my heart. All its wants and longings can be confusing, overwhelming, and exhausting. All I know is that I was born a dreamer, and I will never stop dreaming or pushing to achieve those dreams.
A lot of people have encouraged me in my pursuit of writing which I appreciate. However, there was lots of discouragement, too, not all of which was internal.
I will forever remember my cousin trying to talk me out of my dream by insisting that it was too hard. He insisted that it would be nearly impossible to achieve my dream.
Fortunately, I am a stubborn person. When he told me that I couldn't—I set out in pursuit of a way to achieve it. I always liked proving people wrong about me.
I began publishing my writing (poetry, short stories, etc.) in 2011 even thought I'd been writing since age 13. But in March 2015 my novel Blood & Magic was published! I was thrilled. It was a dream come true.
I know that I have a long way to go, but I will keep the dream alive and keep sending out my books. I was a born storyteller, and I won't stop no matter what. There is so much I have to say.
I couldn't stop writing if I wanted to because I didn't choose writing—it chose me. Dreams are hard to accomplish, sometimes, but every bit worth it.
I refuse to simply give up on me. I know my future will be amazing because I will work hard to make it so. No one will take that away from me. Not even myself.
Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native whose works have been published in many anthologies and magazines both online and in print. She is also the author of the Magic Series. You can find her blog here: http://bloodandmagic.blogspot.com/.