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Sunday, June 27, 2021

What Inspired Me to Become a Writer?

    Flashback to the summer of 2005, and I’d clocked out to another frustrating day at work. I was a sorter operator at a banking firm making $30,000 a year, and I was deep in debt with no end in sight. I’d said to myself numerous times that there had to be more to life than what I was currently doing, and I’d reached a breaking point. My wife and I were at odds quite a bit because of money problems, and I’d thought about throwing in the towel and going my own way. However, I decided to get on my knees and pray for direction, and God had showed me the path to take by downloading in my spirit the tools to write a book about the decline of Little League baseball in inner-city Chicago. I didn’t have the slightest clue on how to write a book, but the Lord gave me the spark to learn everything I could about becoming a self-published author.

Novice Writer

    My book sales were dismal initially, and my first book cover was cheesy. However, I was super excited about publishing my first book back in 2007. My wife helped me coordinate a book signing that year, and all of my friends and family gave me plenty of support. I was well on my way to becoming a bestselling author, or so I naively thought, and I didn’t realize the hard work that I would have to put into building the brand I currently have online. The thousands of hours of sweat equity and trial and error had finally started to pay off three years ago, and it was well worth it in my opinion―a labor of love if you will.

    A seed was planted after I wrote that first book―a short book of about fifty pages―and I’ve gone on to springboard a side-career of writing fiction afterward. I found my niche and honed my skills to the best of my ability, and I’m looking forward to publishing many more novels and short stories in the near future. All praise, honor, and glory to Yahawah Bahasham Yahawashi.

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