People get into writing in all different ways. Some people know from the day they’re born (or so they claim) that they wanted to be a writer or artist. Some people don’t figure it out until much later.
In school, I always enjoyed reading and writing, but “writer” was never a career path I ever thought of seriously. Even if I had, I’m fairly certain it’s one that most parents wouldn’t encourage. It ranks right up there with “actor.” So, I went to college, got a degree in communications, taking a heavy load of English and Literature classes, mostly because they were interesting and counted toward my major credits.
During my last year in college, I came up with an idea for a story. Not on purpose, it just sort of popped into my head. It was a melodramatic, poorly written story, which I for the better, ended up losing most of in a floppy disk tragedy that was just about as tragic as the story itself.
Still, other stories and characters came into my head and before too long, William and Gabriel came along, and “Shaping Fate” was born. At that point I started taking the writing seriously. Took some classes, read more how-to books, joined critique groups, etc.
So when was your turning point, or did you have one? Did you always know you wanted to write or paint or be a professional artist or was it something that grew over time?