Silver Sparrow

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lizgoldfish asked: How did you come to realize that you wanted to write? What are some of the obstacles you had to face in order to follow your dream and do what you were meant to do?

To really answer this, I would have to tell you the story of my whole life.  But here is a short version.  I have always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I started to think of it as a talent, or a gift.  I think it’s because I was never taken seriously by really anyone in my life.  When girls like to read and write, people think it means that they are “nice” or “good”, not that they are smart, intellectual, brilliant….  So I just thought I was a nice girl. 

When I went to Spelman College I was around women who were taken seriously, who took themselves seriously, and it was there that I started to ponder the possibility that I may have something to say and that writing was was I was meant to do.

  1. nouvelliste said: I can relate to the “nice girl” thing. As a kid i was praised for writing/reading and encouraged to be a writer but only b/c that would be a “nice” hobby for a housewife, which I was raised to be. Writing = smart housewife.
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