The year 2014 was the one that I made my first exposure as a writer. It was not that of a massive exposure but to me and my few close friends it was a big one. That year I wrote and sent my very first article to the newspaper at the youth corner section. If you read the Namibian newspaper then you probably know about it. If you haven’t: the youth corner is a section that appears in the Namibian Newspaper every Tuesday and it includes articles about literally anything written by the Namibians younger than 21 years. What anybody who wanted to have their article published had to do was email their article to the press and if the article is good enough, it gets to be published. That’s about that.
After my first article, I wrote the second, and the third until about the seventh. Of course it was not by default that if you send your article it will get a publication. Some of my articles never appeared and I should honestly say it was a bit of a disappointment when I used to read Tuesday’s Newspaper and I didn’t find my picture in that section with my article below it.
That rejection helped push me to do better, to write better, be more expressive and improve my writing. My last article was published in the year 2017.
Why did I stop writing to the newspaper?
I found a better way to express my writing skills. Writing to the newspaper were my baby steps and I have broken new ground. Let me say I was a baby then who only knew how to crawl but I don’t crawl anymore I walk.
Somewhere middle of the year, 2017, I have decided to have one of my scripts turned into a whole book.
FlashBack: in my 12th grade break, I had a writing a challenge proposal with Wattpad in which I had to write a story of +-10k words over a month. I took it up and completed it.
That script was what I turned into a book. Converting it wasn’t much of a challenge and I should say I really loved working on it.
And that was how the novel ‘Not All Secrets Keep People Together’ came to life. If you haven’t read it follow the link in my bio to buy it from Amazon.
I am grateful to everyone who has ever bought the book. You all gave me reason to keep going as I did not even know it was going to be such a success which I will forever be celebrating no matter how little it may seem.
This year, 2018, I have been shown flames by almost everything. (Give me some time to shed a tear and contain myself before I continue, please. 😢😭)
My writing has been on the edge, my academics were going south when I wanted them to go the other direction, my love life and other friendships were saying to me “No, not this year Wilhelmina”. It was a whole mess, this wasn’t even a glorious one.
I have been writing but I wasn’t feeling it. Somehow I was just writing for the sake but my heart wasn’t in it.
So I had decided I needed to do better, save myself from the pit of my miseries at least. I had to make some decisions and I made a promise to myself that I won’t let anyone talk me out of doing something which my heart desired.
So of all things, I saved my writing life. Because my whole heart is in it. I let my academics take whatever direction they wanted to, I let my relationship slip and I should say I don’t regret either of my decisions because if it was meant for me it wouldn’t have acted up on me. So I let it go. All of it except, writing, of course 😍.
Mid year 2018 I was almost done with the book sample i wanted to publish. I couldn’t go forward because there was something holding me back. Money 💔. So I sat at home with my samples in my PC while I waited for my sources.
I should say this book has put me through a lot of ups and downs. It was like being pregnant for more than 9 months. So many complications.
Finally, I got my funds and I started doing the very last touches before handing it in for publication. I expected these very last touches to be as easy as cutting through butter with a hot blade but nooo. Yet again I was told, “Relax Wilhelmina. I won’t go easy on you”. Of course I have cried, real tears, I have been on the edge of just throwing the whole sample away and sleeping it off. 😩😢😭
That was the painful birth of my second book ‘Poetry From Within’. The link to buy it on Amazon is in my bio. Most of the pieces I have included in this book are mostly based on the moments I have had and the flames I’ve been through this year. So when you read through it, You are going through my messy 2018 life.
Just a month later I got my third book published ‘The Desire’. Let me tell you one thing, as writer you should never stop writing. You never know when the next opportunity will present itself. I have had this book sample in my PC just waiting for an opportunity to present itself and it did right after my second book. I never knew I could have two books in such a limited time and I look at myself now and say, “You did it Wilhelmina and you can even do greater than that.”
To think of it, having published my first book at just 19 and having three complete books as a 20 year old is platinum. Like I said, I’ll forever be grateful and will never cease to celebrate my achievements. 💯💃🏽
Honestly, I am also grateful for everyone I have met in 2018 alone, everything that has failed, everyone that has left me, everyone I have left, it was all worth it. Because obviously I wouldn’t have realized I could do things without depending so much on other people.
This Is Just The Beginning Of A Never Ending Journey.
The Life Of A Black Namibian Author.