Everyone loves a good origin story.
I’m Bryan Collins and I live an hour outside of Dublin, in Ireland.
When I was six years of age, I read the BFG by Roald Dahl. I was enthralled by the idea of a Big Friendly Giant who collects the dreams of children.
Dahl was a creative God to me, so I decided I wanted to become a writer.
I did all the things I was supposed to do. I went to school and then college and later, I got a job as a journalist.
There was just one problem.
I wasn’t a very good journalist. I didn’t have the nose for news that journalists need and, although I enjoyed writing, I couldn’t give my editors what they wanted.
I missed my deadlines, and my news stories were inconsequential.
Journalism cast me out
The recession didn’t help.
I drifted in and out of other jobs (I once even plucked chickens). Then, I discovered today’s writers spend time building relationships online and self-publishing.
So, I started Become a Writer Today.
I’m not Spiderman, but I am a writer and a storyteller.
I’ve spent years carefully observing how other writers work, and I want to share what I’ve discovered in the form of practical advice that will help you to write and publish your work.
I also write both fiction and non-fiction books.
When I’m not in front of a computer or a book, I’m either in search of a well-formed sentence or spending time with friends, my wife, and children.
Now you know my origin story.
Tell me yours.
– Bryan Collins