I know this is a very different post than what I usually do, but my heart has been heavy to spread this message to those who have a dream like mine.

As a 17-year-old writer, it has been a very long, sometimes discouraging, but truly amazing journey to get to where I am today. I have been an avid reader since kindergarten. Any book I could get my hands on, I read. That passion soon grew so much that I realized that I wanted to write my OWN books, and tell my OWN stories.

Fast forward to high school. You know how it is- you're young and you have yet to face disappointment. I still believed that all my dreams were attainable as long as I believed in myself.

It is definitely not the norm for a teenager to be so interested in writing, but that was me. I adored my English class, and loved writing short stories and excerpts.

Until one day....

Some of you might have read this story. I adore it. It was my first story to post anywhere so of course it holds a special place in my heart. This story actually first came to life my freshman year of school on a day that I was on-the-edge-of-my-seat so excited when my English teacher gave us the freedom to write any story we wanted to.

My teacher gave me a failing grade, and although of course the story wasn't as polished as it is today, I was completely crushed.

I became the human embodiment of self doubt. For someone to take your dream, your passion and step on it in front of you creates a very hard bridge to cross.

I didn't write for the rest of that year. My sophomore year, however, I had the most amazing teacher. She was so passionate about literature, and I looked up to her so much.

She built my self confidence back up from the base, and helped me to grow.. I finally had the courage to rewrite that story that resulted in so much pain, and now I read it and I am proud of how far I have come.

Three years later and I have accomplished so much.

1. In January I posted short stories at least twice every week, and received amazing feedback from you amazing people (who I am so so thankful for)
2. I became a recognized writer.
and finally
3. I am weeks away from becoming a published author.

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So here is my message,
Your dreams are definitely attainable, but not just because you want it. It takes hard work and perseverance, humility and rejection. It is a long trek to get to where you are meant to be, but when you finally reach that summit, it will be so worth it.

Write every single day. Even if the result is the worst piece of writing the earth has ever seen. Do not give up. And do not delete! Keep every bit of writing you ever create, trust me, when you look back on your old works and see how far you have come, the feeling will be indescribable.

Lastly, writers are hopeless romantics, daydreamers, and lovers with hearts dripping with passion. When your heart is that big, heartbreak is inevitable. Appreciate the pain and turn it into something beautiful.

feel free to read some of my short stories and excerpts:) please DO NOT HESITATE to message me if you have questions or feedback! I hope this helps you writers out there.