It’s exactly ten years ago that I took the first serious step towards my dream of becoming a writer. I’d written before that, of course – a few short stories, a chapter or two of a novel. But I didn’t really believe that I could be a writer, and so everything was half-done, squeezed in between the other events of my life, a hobby more than a way of life.
Ten years ago, I decided to get serious. I quit the high-paid, high-status corporate banking job that had always made me feel like a fraud, and enrolled at Columbia University’s journalism school. For the first time, I was admitting to the existence of a dream, and dedicating myself to learning the craft of writing.
Recently I was looking back over the stories I wrote in those days, marvelling that ten years had gone by, and I thought it would be good to post some of them on here. It’ll be an occasional series, which I’ll continue as each ten-year anniversary rolls around. First you’ll be seeing articles from my time as a journalism student, then some pieces from the Wall Street Journal, and later some fiction. I won’t post everything, because there’s a lot of it – I plan to be selective and not overwhelm you! But I thought that a slimmed-down version of my development as a writer might be interesting.
As I post the stories I’ll add links here.
Posts in the Ten Years Ago series
- Why I Protest: my essay on the anti-war protests taking place in New York in early 2003
- Tom Cornell: a profile of the veteran peace activist and Catholic Worker member
- A Call for Peace, Not Vengeance: report on a vigil by September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
- United We Stand?: a look at New York City a year after September 11
In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you were doing ten years ago. Leave a comment, or tell me on Twitter!