Kendra Burke, a full-time nurse in Charleston, South Carolina, recently decided to become an aspiring author - which, she explained, has more to do with personal potential and possibility than with external accomplishment or even action.
"I'm not planning to write; I'm aspiring to do so," she emphasized. "It's something that comes from within me. And only me."
Kendra recounted regretfully that, in the past, she allowed lack of inspiration and imagination to prevent her from harboring any literary ambitions. “But then I started thinking how cool it would be to win a Pulitzer Prize, or have a best-selling novel that's turned into a blockbuster feature film – in fact, I can't really think of anything cooler! If that's not 'aspiring,' I don't know what is.”
Kendra said that dressing in black during her off-hours (as a nurse, she's required to wear green or blue scrubs) has helped her adjust to being an aspiring author. And although she's still growing accustomed to the role, she says that the self-description has given her a certain panache among her nursing friends, who didn't think she could even string more than two words together, let alone conceive an entire plot line.
“I think it's helped them see me in a new light,” she remarked. “In fact, some of them have told me how much they admire me for aspiring to explore new forms of creative expression.”
And what sort of author, exactly, does Kendra aspire to become?
At this point, she's not quite sure. "I might do something really fun, like a sexy summer beach read," she mused. "Or possibly a really hard-hitting non-fiction book about nutrition. That one would be based on my own experience with intermittent fasting.”
“And not self-published,” she added. “Not that there's anything wrong with that. But I prefer to have the credibility of an established publisher behind me.”