I started writing, seriously, in my senior year of highschool.
My best friend Darrell had been talking about this app called "Wattpad"
for a few weeks, so I checked it out. It's basically the social media of
writing. Millions of users coming together to share their work with
others. Darrell was already about 5,000 words into his book; I think it
was going to be a novel.
I had to catch up quick. I didn't have my own computer until after
highschool, because money was always a little tight. I also didn't really
want to announce to my family that I was writing a book by using the home
computer, so I used my smartphone to write over 25,000 words over the
course of a few months. I really loved it, creating something tangible with
only a keyboard. I think thats something that always drew me to computer
I really enjoy being able to create something from nothing. A few of
my friends cs major friends want to go into economics. At first I thought it
sounded exciting to be working in such a dynamic and seemingly unpredictable
field, but in a lot of situations (especially on Wall Street where most
CS/Econ majors end up) it's really just a zero sum game. I don't want to work
in an industry where nothing is truly gained. Any victory in economics was a
loss for someone else. With computer science, and writing too, I can sit at
a desk and create something that didn't exist until I created it. It's a
wonderful feeling to be able to add to the universe, rather than taking from
something that was already here.
Anyways, in the words of one of my favorite authors, Yann Martel
"Unfortunately, the novel sputtered, coughed and died."
It was towards the middle of the year. I decided to revise the first, I
believe it was the first nine chapters of the book. I wanted to write
something with meaning, and I didn't like what I had so far. It was way
too commercial, and I didn't see a way of fixing it. I unpublished it
from Wattpad for a few days, while I thought about how to fix it.
Eventually, I gave up and deleted it comletely.
I've since learned to be less critical, and, like developing
anything, whether it be a piece of software or a story, it's a process
that takes times to master and perfect. Just try writing. It is the rare individual that sits
down and creates a masterpiece. Just give it a try. Even Hemingway wasn't born a
great writer. In fact, Hemingway was a drunk, but I'm sure he still worked
hard at his craft. That said, if you're sober, you've already got a leg up on one of the
greatest writers in history. All joking aside, just go out and try it.
I still write the occasional short story or poem, and I hope
to finish a novel someday. It's all posted on my