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Writers Life: My Writing Journey BY Paige Aletti

I’m sure many writers; especially poets such as myself, have had events happen in our lives that has made it harder for us to make time to write. This could be due to parenthood, our careers (if our career doesn’t have to do with writing) or anything else that could happen in our lives that doesn’t prevent us from writing, but takes up more of our time which in turn prevents us from writing.

I started writing when I was really young, like 7 years old. I wrote songs and short stories at first and then graduated to poems. The reason I wrote was because as a child I had no voice or outlet to display my

thoughts and feelings and thus sparking the creativity in me. My craft grew as I grew. When I graduated high school my writing changed and decreased as I threw myself into my studies.

College for me was a start to getting out of my home and really making

something of myself. My freshman year, I took a creative writing course to enhance my writing skills and during that time I didn’t write as much as I liked or hoped. Then I started nursing classes, I didn’t have much time to write. Studying took up most of my time. when I wasn’t studying I was working or in class. So my writing kind of came to a halt, not completely but mostly.

When I graduated from college in 2011, I started my first Nursing job and that made it a bit more difficult to write. I threw myself into my career and my life with my husband. I got married in 2013 and we had our first child in 2014. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely wrote during this time but it wasn’t the same. I struggled a lot with writing, because I really felt like I was forcing myself. I compared myself to when I was a teenager, where the words would just pour out of me like a faucet. It wasn’t the same. Writing became a back burner to my life as motherhood and other

obstacles stood in my way.

I guess for me I just used all of that as an excuse rather than trying to schedule time to write. But I never once stopped writing. It just became more of a challenge. Until 2018, where my career was halted and my life started over again. I became a stay at home mom and I had all this time between caring for twins, and my oldest to write.

That year I published my first book, Broken Hearts Bleed, through Amazon and I was so proud of myself. I ended up publishing 3 more books. Between losing my grandma, grandpa and my step mom, and living through COVID-19, the last 4 years have been an emotional roller coaster and I lost my motivation. I definitely slowed down the last 4 years due to all the emotional baggage, and right now I’m trying

to start up again. Hopefully, 2023, I will be able to finally finish my 5th book and get it published.

Even with all these things that occur in our lives we should never give up what we love the most. Even today I struggle to make time to write, but I hope to change that this year. And even if I don’t, I know the effort is there and it’s perfectly okay to struggle and ask for help.


About the author:

My name is Paige Aletti, aka queen.paige_27 (on Instagram). I am 32 years old, a mother of 3 and a wife. I’ve been writing poetry since I was about 10 years old, started writing songs when I was 7 and then I developed more into poetry and short stories. I am a self-published author through Amazon and I have published 4 poetry books, Broken Hearts Bleed, Broken Hearts Shatter, Broken Hearts Mend and Life Lessons: Poems about Lessons I Learned.



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