Tales & Tidings

Books, thoughts, news, recipes, and more from the Rocky Mountains

HomeBlog > Post

This Crazy Life

It took me 34 years to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I give myself a break since the first 25-30 years of a person's life are meant for experimentation, exploration, and adventure. Year after year, friends from high school and college settled into their various professions, got married, started families, and more or less seemed content with their lives. I, on the other hand, still searched for the elusive moment when I would know exactly how I wanted to spend my life. I took a lot of paths, climbed a lot of peaks, and hit just as many plateaus.

During those years I co-founded a family business that would end up keeping me busy for more than a decade, and continue into my 30's. My schooling consisted of business management and culinary arts; hardly prerequisites for what I would end up doing with my life. Despite the success that comes from hard work and perseverance during difficult economical times, that "moment" continued to evade me.

Then it happened. Two years after I published my first book, I had that moment. Of course I had already known I wanted to write, but it started out as a hobby, not a career. Then in my 34th year while trying to meet a partriculary grueling deadline and wondering how I ever talked myself into becoming an author, I realized my own future. Undeterred by the crazy deadlines, weeks of revisions, and those mind-numbing hours of fear believing that you have no more stories left to tell, I pressed on.

No one knows how long it takes to become a great writer. Many of those whom we consider great will likely say that they continue to learn daily, they suffer from doubts, and miss deadlines. They're also likely to confess that writing is the best and worst thing to ever happen to them, and they can't imagine doing anything else. At least, that's what I would say, and I'm not one of the greats.

Writers are human, too, with all of the craziness that comes with daily life. Sometimes we don't know how to get through the day, let alone finish a book, but we do it.

A question I'm often asked is "What advice would I give a new writer?" I've shared my "wisdom" with those who ask, but I rarely feel qualified to impart what I've learned because I'm still learning. What I can tell them is that no matter how smart you are, how much you've written in the past, how much you read, or how dedicated you are, there will always be someone smarter, better read, and more dedicated. There will always be someone more successful. Don't compare yourself with other writers. Seek to learn from them, emulate them, and respect them, but don't compare. A writer's voice is their own, comparable to no one.

You'll stumble, fall, and wish you had chosen another path, but the only way to rise to the level of those you admire is to press on.


Make sure you don't miss anything!


Recent Posts

More Blogs


Meet MK

Award-winning author MK McClintock writes historical romantic fiction about courageous and honorable men and strong women who appreciate chivalry, like those in her Montana Gallagher, British Agent, and Crooked Creek series. She enjoys a quiet life in the northern Rocky Mountains. 

Learn more >  Contact > 

Readers are always welcome to contact me directly with comments and questions. Comment policy.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Make sure you don't miss new books!

©2012-2021 MK McClintock. All Rights Reserved.

View Site Info., Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Some affiliate links are used on this website. Learn More.