What I have learned from these extraordinary experiences is to look forward. What happened in the past stays in the past. There is no point in dwelling on them because it only sets you back. The important thing is to accept they have happened and move on.
My writing started out as cathartic but became a passion. I was never an ‘A’ student in English. Didn’t think I was good enough. Funnily though, it was my Year 11 English teacher who surprised me. We had to read Robert Cormier’s novel The Chocolate War and one of our tasks was to write a creative story with an unusual ending. I can’t remember what mark I got but was shocked when he started to read out my story. Despite this small validation it took me 12 years to start writing again. Why? University happened and well… life.
Seems a bit clichéd to say this, but I am happy and content. I am doing exactly what I want. And though this publishing industry is subjective and unpredictable, it is an exciting position to be in.