“Why now?” It’s a question I hear often from well-meaning people. It may seem weird to some for me to start on this path now. I have a day job, a home, a husband, and a couple of kids. It’s not as if I have an overwhelming amount of free time.
So why did I choose this moment, this busy time of my life, to start writing a novel?
I have always had a love for words, expressed in many different forms through the years; playwriting, blogging, journaling. Writing a book though, creating a world and characters from nothing, was an idea that always excited me. Every novel I read, my mind wandered to what my version would look like. What my characters would have done differently.
I firmly believe we are all born with passions inside just waiting to be discovered. Needing gentle pushes along the way to lead us to what we are supposed to create for the world.
A global pandemic has a way of stopping you long enough to think about the noise and meaningless fuss that fills our day; it highlights the things that really matter. I began finding ways to bring joy into every day. These simple joys became my priority like they never had before.
As life slowly moves back to a normal pace, I have made a conscious decision to do less of the things that drain me and more of the things that fill me. One of the things that brings me the most joy is writing.
So when people ask me why I chose now to start this novel, in the midst of raising kids and all of life’s hurdles, my answer is simple– why not? The years are going to pass quickly no matter what I’m doing. I’m choosing to do something that matters to me.
About the Writer: Emmy Seal is a romantic comedy author. Living in Michigan with her husband and two kids, and dozens of plant babies. In her free time, she enjoys bike riding, hiking, and reading.