"You do not need anybody's permission to lead a creative life." Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
Being a writer is a calling. For some, it happened when they were growing up, for others like me, it happened a little later in life. Regardless of when the desire hit, if you are drawn to writing, then by all means, write.
For 17 years, I have fueled my need to write through freelancing. I have hundreds of articles published in national and regional publications. My most recent articles can be found in The Writer, Writer's Digest, CostCo Connection, Writer's Market 2016, and Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market 2016. I also have six stories in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books.