I think writers are born writers. If you could go back to the night I was born, you’d probably see me grabbing a note pad from the night stand in my mother’s hospital room and writing about my birth experience—especially about how the doctor slapped me.

I don’t think you can force yourself to become a writer—it’s a gift, a talent we are born with, given to us from above, before we came to the earth. Some writers don’t develop their talent, others give up, but some let their hearts fill with desire and have the courage to be creative and allow themselves to fail, learn, and then pick themselves up and keep going on the journey.

One thing is for sure—being published does not define you as a writer—what’s inside you and what comes out as the written word—that’s what defines you as a writer.