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Why AJ McMullen Started Writing

It all started with a pen and a page...

Or, it may have started off with disillusioned fantasies of me creating DragonBall fanfiction in my 4th grade class instead of doing my school work. Or maybe it started at the bullying I recieved as a child as I grew a need to escape my reality at times. I started writing during this time period, but it would be almost 20 years later when I finally discover that writing is what I was made to do.

I'm serious, I've made moves to many careers and industries in my day. Too many actually. I've been the salesperson for a few companies. I've been moving boxes for a vanilla job. I've written and produced music. All of these things, far from writing a novel. But what I realized is that all these things have put me in a position to write at some point or another.

No matter where I thought I would go, as far as my career is concerned, I always end up back at a keyboard tapping at the letters. I've had issues staying consistent in everything that I do. I'll start a project in a split second and end it just as fast. But in the background of all of those projects, there was another process taking place that I always looked at as the hobby.

But let me tell you what I learned about hobbies. If you have been going through life doing all types of jobs and careers and through the years, your hobbies stay the same, you need to find a way to get paid from the hobby. Don't believe me? If you could do something for so long and not get paid for it then that means you are obviously passionate about it, right? Imagine a life that you make a living from what you do behind the scenes. If you have been writing for 10+ years and have stories on top of stories with no published novels, then that's a huge indication that you need to reevaluate your life.

That is how my revelation hit me. I began to wonder about all the things that I spent my time doing and I began to structure out, with my team, a list of things that we were all proficient in and marketable with and it hit me. Aaron Mac, you are a writer. So get to writing that book and stop playing with the dream.

This is how it all started for me. What's your story? I would love to know! Feel free to leave a comment and share!

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