"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, the Writer's Market and The Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market. I also have six stories in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books.