Ever since the age of eight I have wanted to be a writer. In second grade, I wrote so much and for so long that I developed a permanent callus on my right hand. But once I hit third grade, all of my ideas were gone. Poof! Like Cinderella turning back into a servant when the clock hit twelve.
But then it all changed. In the spring of 2015 I started to write again, after nearly a three-year writers block that followed me like the wolf followed Little Red Riding Hood. A search for young writers contests led me to your website, where I entered a list of goals and the short story contest.
After being a finalist in that contest, my confidence was boosted, and I submitted work after work to jaBlog! Apparently, though, I have gotten a little too cocky and confident. I was turned down many times, until I finally managed to write something good enough for your blog.
When I found out that I had been published, I think that my neighbors found out as well. When I got the email, I started jumping up and down in our apartment, yelling,”Yes!” at the top of my lungs. Little did I know that was the beginning of my passion and desire to be a real, actual writer.
In these past few months, I have grown as a writer and a person from your website. I have gone from a struggling sixth grader into a more confident seventh grader, and a better writer to boot. This website is like a second school to me. It teaches me not just about writing, but through contests and challenges and being rejected or accepted, I have learned lessons about hope, pride, and the determination to pick myself up and try again.
Gone is the little girl who could never write a word down, because they could never come. Your website has shaped me into what I am today, and I am striving to get even better.
Thank you for the bottom of Jack’s beanstalk,