Some of you know that as well as writing about Portugal on this blog and elsewhere, I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) for many years. Long enough that my automatic response to forms which ask for an occupation has been to write ‘teacher’.
Things have changed.
Recently, I checked into a hotel and described myself as a writer.
Because I am a writer.
I still teach part-time but over the last couple of years, I’ve been working on my dream of becoming a writer and I feel I’ve come a long way. Far enough to describe myself officially as a writer and to get paid freelance writing work, at least.
How I became a writer
My writing journey started with a love of words and creating far-fetched short stories when I was a kid. My scribblings ground to a halt when I entered the world of boyfriends and banking. A mid-mid-life crisis in my late twenties resulted in me leaving the bank and boyfriend behind to travel around the world with a backpack.