Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Do you ever want something so badly that you can't think about anything else? That's how I'm feeling tonight.
I've been sitting here working on my novel for a while, and not only have I finished editing all five chapters that I had already written, but I had a sudden inspiration for the last chapter and how I want the book to end, so I started writing that. I feel like I'm in the zone tonight, and I just can't wait to be able to finish this novel.
A lot of young adults around my age have dreams and goals for the future. Some people hope that they'll make it big and become rich and famous. With shows like American Idol or The Voice, it's becoming a more tangible dream to become a singer. There are ways for people to be discovered, whether through television or becoming a viral video online.
There's no shortcut to becoming an author. There's no reality competition that I can try to win, or video that I can ask friends and family to share online. There's just me and my thoughts, slowly writing word by word whenever inspiration strikes. My dream isn't to become rich and famous; the harsh reality is that it is extremely difficult to make a living as a writer. That doesn't matter to me though, because I don't need the fame and glory. I just want my voice to be heard, for some everyday people in their teens and twenties to pick up my book and think, 'wow, this looks like a good read.'
I don't expect to become a commonly known name, like my favorite authors, Sarah Dessen & Meg Cabot. It would be really nice if someone kept my book on their bookshelf, and recommended me to a friend, but I don't expect tons of people to know who I am. I just want to be able to say that I accomplished something; I wrote an entire novel and was successful enough to get it published. I want to be able to hold a final product in my hands, look at it, and beam with pride that I created this entire novel.
I want it. I want to be an author. I want it more than I've ever wanted anything I think. And someday, though it may not be as soon as I would like, I'll be able to say that I achieved my goal and have followed through with my dreams.
In the meantime, I'd love it if everyone could support me while I'm at the bottom, by liking my author page on Facebook or following me on Twitter. It would mean the world to me, and being able to show that I have support would greatly improve my odds of a publisher taking a chance with me and my book.
I’d greatly appreciate it if you would share this blog with friends and family through your favorite social media sites. If you’re sharing on Twitter, don’t forget to tag me (@TayTayK02) and use the hashtag #TaylorTalks.
My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.