Charlie Blumer - Grade 9, Oakwood High School
Writing My Way to Success
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” - Dr. Seuss. Most people aren’t sure about what they want to be when they grow up until they, well, grow up. For me, third grade was the year I discovered I wanted to be a writer.
I was 8 years old, a third grader. Quiet, shy, and uncertain, I wasn’t sure who I wanted to be. But what I did know is that I wanted a cat. One day this sparked an idea: I could write a story about a cat. So, I pulled out my #2 pencil and wide-ruled composition notebook and started writing. After I had penned a few pages about a kitten, I realized this wasn’t just a story - it could be a book! Excited, I brainstormed. The cat could have magical powers! Maybe it could meet another cat, and they could be best friends. Slowly but surely, I began to develop characters and a simple plot. I wrote a lot, for I had discovered a place where I could escape and imagine. Inspired, I immediately knew I wanted this to be my life.
Since then, I’ve had many experiences in writing, from crafting a book in fourth grade to joining Power of the Pen and Teen Writing club in Jr. High. In middle school, many people think of peer pressure as a bad thing, but for me, it was good. Being encouraged to join writing groups really influenced me in such a positive way. I’ve learned so much from my friends, parents, and teachers about writing as well as setting and achieving goals and managing my time.
One experience I had in particular was participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2015. I had heard about it from some of my friends and I thought it would be fun, so I decided to do it. Before I knew it, I found myself at the end of November with over 70,000 words written. I felt so proud - I had written a novel draft in a single month! I could never have done that without my friends and teachers in Power of the Pen and Teen Writing club or the encouragement from my parents. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, giving me a little taste of what being an author is like.
Now it’s a fresh year with a new set of teachers and friends with more ideas. November is just around the corner and I can’t wait to write another novel. As Dr. Seuss said, you can choose your own path, paving your way to happiness and success. Writing is my life, and I’m ready to grab my pen and take on the world.