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The Dawn of Violet’s Writing Career

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

Pic: Violet

Pic: Violet

Violet was orphaned at age 16 as her parents had passed away in a car accident. She was in High School, and she was living with her maternal grandmother. She grieved now and then about her parents. Her grandma consoled her and encouraged her to finish High School.

Grandma didn't have enough money to send her to the university. So, instead, she asked her to take creative writing classes in their local area, knowing how much she loved to write. Grandma strongly believed that Violet would excel in a writing career.

So accordingly, Violet started taking creative writing classes, and she was learning a lot. Soon she ended up getting a certificate from the training school. Now what? Violet thought of writing for an online magazine. She could send a piece, meeting their rules and policies and see how far it would go.

On the first attempt, it was rejected, but they said she could improve in a few areas and resend again.

Violet read the email five more times, trying to grasp where her flaws and weaknesses lay in the article. She modified it dramatically but with extreme difficulty and slow pace as her keyboard was malfunctioning.

She lost hope in her old keyboard and mentioned to her grandma about the problem. Well, her grandma said she could afford to buy a new keyboard. Violet brightened up, smiling in joy. She hadn't smiled since she came to know that she had lost her parents for good. But here was grandma trying to help her in her endeavors.

Both grandma and Violet visited the computer shop in their locality and bought a new keyboard. Violet was excited about working on her article again.

She erased some of the lines and meant to write with more flavor when, to her extreme surprise, the keyboard started typing on its own and completed the short story article. She sent it to the online magazine. Much to her relief, she came to know via her email that it was approved. And guess what, they asked her to submit it to their ongoing contest and see for herself what the outcome would be.

Violet was amazed beyond words and did submit her article to the contest. After a week, when the contest was over, she came to know via her email that her article had earned the first prize. They would send her a cheque of $200 within a few days.

Violet had sent articles to other sites also, but she had never won a contest. It was a worthy achievement for her, and she basked in glory. She shared her happiness with grandma but decided to keep the magic of the keyboard a secret.

For months together, she would type the title of a short story, and the keyboard would help her type out an interesting story, and she would send it to the magazine. After a while, it became a routine. That's how by contributing superb articles to the magazine, she made money. She was thinking happily that she could now help grandma with the house rent.

As she was absentmindedly thinking, she spilled coffee all over the keyboard from her coffee mug. Violet was devastated and wondering if this would make the keyboard lose its magic.

She bought a piece of clean cloth from the kitchen and rubbed the keyboard off the coffee liquid as neatly as she could. But now it was sticky.

She shared her problem with grandma. And she said, "Well, Violet, I could give you the phone number from the keyboard’s purchase receipt, and you can ask them how you could clean the keyboard.”

Soon Violet called them, and much to her surprise, they said, "We will service it for free since this happened within the first three months of your purchase."

So, Violet went to the computer shop and had the keyboard cleaned spick and span for free. They were extremely polite. One young, handsome guy gave Violet his card and asked her to call him whenever she faced any problem with any of her computer parts. Violet was more than delighted and took the card happily.

After reaching her home, she attached the keyboard to her computer. She typed a title, but the keyboard won't type itself. The keyboard seemed to have lost its magic. But she had ideas come running to her mind, and she typed words in an article, proofread it and sent it online to the magazine. This time also, the article was accepted.

Violet thought jubilantly, “This way is more authentic- ideas coming to my mind rather than the keyboard itself typing out the story for me!”

Violet thrived for months, writing articles by forming ideas in her head. But then one day the computer crashed, and she was very much remorseful.

She remembered the card of the handsome guy at the computer shop. She searched for it in her desk drawer and found it and called him. He asked her if she could bring the CPU to his Computer Repair Doctor shop or if she needed help in carrying the CPU to his shop.

Violet thought for a while. She said she would like some help with that. But she wanted to know what they would charge for transporting it to their shop. They said since her place was within walking distance, they would charge her only $10.

Violet agreed. She made an appointment. At the scheduled time, she was on the road outside of her home with her CPU waiting for the man from the shop to pick it up.

Violet looked at the card again and found his name to be Jonas. In about five minutes, he showed up and took the CPU with both hands and asked her to follow him to the shop.

Pic: Jonas, the In-Charge at the Computer Repair Doctor Shop

Pic: Jonas, the In-Charge at the Computer Repair Doctor Shop

As they reached the shop, Jonas asked his assistant to check Violet's CPU. He reported after a few minutes that the CPU had indeed crashed. Violet decided she would wait for the next two hours at the shop until the CPU was formatted, and it got a life again.

Pic: The Computer Repair Doctor Shop

Pic: The Computer Repair Doctor Shop

Meanwhile, she chatted with Jonas, sharing each other’s life stories briefly and as meticulously as possible. The CPU was ready, and she was charged $25 for the servicing cost of her CPU.

Violet tested her CPU herself, and she found it in full working mode. She thanked Jonas and his assistant and paid the service charge as well as the transport charge to the shop. Jonas sent his assistant to carry the CPU to her residence. This was an act of friendship on Jonas' part, and there was no charge for it.

Soon Violet reached home and connected the CPU to the other computer parts. She tested again, and everything was in good working order.

She had lunch with grandma, went for a nap and dreamed.

"Follow writing prompts available online", her Dad said. "You will excel even better." Her Mom added, "Listen to your Dad closely. Your ideas are good, but writing prompts will awaken your writing creativity even more. Heed us, and you will be happier."

Violet woke up with a jump. Her parents spoke to her, and she remembered her dream. Violet found her parents' advice feasible, and she got started searching online for writing prompts soon. She got a bunch of them and took a printout.

She lay on the bed, choosing the prompt for her next story article, which would speak to her the most.

She decided on one. She started imagining and typed out a story, following her chosen writing prompt and finally sent it to the magazine. After a week went by, she saw there were a lot of views on it, which told her that it was popular.

When her magazine's newsletter mentioned another writing contest, she sent them the most recent article, and after a week, she again earned a prize this time, a cheque of $250.

Violet was elated. Ever since the dawn of her writing career, strange events started happening one after another. But now she knew that they all happened for the very best.

There was magic and also miracles all in her surrounding area. She could stay with her grandma all her life in this home cottage, and she still could grow to higher altitudes. Life has shown and proved to her about this.

Violet was all smiles, and she sang sweetly too.

Poll Time

© 2021 Rosina S Khan

Comments

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

I am so happy you liked the story, Lora. Yes, I agree with you that hard work, perseverance and an undying belief in herself will help her skyrocket to an adroit writer.

Thank you so much for reading and your wonderful and insightful comments. Truly appreciated.

Lora Hollings on January 25, 2021:

I liked your story, Rosina. The best part, for me, was when Violet started writing her own stories and didn’t have to depend on a computer keyboard to write the stories for her. Perhaps, it was good that she spilled coffee on it as she learned that she had the capability to do it herself. And I think the dream with her parents giving her advice, was fortuitous. I think that hard work, perseverance, and an underlying belief in oneself is what is really going to get her to a level where she can call herself a very fine writer. Good story! I enjoyed it.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

I am glad you liked this story. Yes, Violet's creativity grew more with the magic keyboard. Thank you, Ankita, for reading and your gracious comments.

Ankita B on January 25, 2021:

This is a nice story, Rosina. Although Violet is really talented, but I think her creativity grew more with the special keyboard. She is lucky for she always get the encouragement when she needs it the most. I liked reading this.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

Yes, you are right, Denise. Thank you for reading and your thoughtful comments. I really appreciate them.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

I am glad you like the story, Misbah. Thank you for reading and your kind comments.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 25, 2021:

Having it write for her helped her overcome her first time jitters and gave her confidence. I'm glad she eventually wrote for herself though.

Blessings,

Denise

Misbah from The Planet Earth on January 25, 2021:

A very wonderful and interesting story. Very beautifully written and balanced.

Blessings

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

Brenda, the journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step. And baby steps are good too. I am sure you will reach your desired place. Yes, there are doors of opportunities every day. Wish you a great day and also a good start to the rest of the week.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Thanks Rosina,

I could use a bit of magic, but I would love to have it for my writing.

I seem to be taking baby steps when I need giant leaps.

But I will get there. More opportunities open up each day.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

Everything you mentioned about the story is true, Brenda. Yes, I also wish for you to find some magic and miracles in life.

Thank you for enjoying the story and your insightful comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 25, 2021:

Rosina,

The magic keyboard certainly helped her gain the confidence she needed to write completely on her own.

Some days I wish I could find a little magic.

Having a supportive Grandma is great too. She believes in her writing.

The dream that transpires gives her the determination to not hive up & to follow her dreams.

Great story. I love it.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy, for your generous, insightful and lovely comments. I really appreciate them.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

Yes, Violet made some money through her writing career. All the same I agree I fiddled with other ideas too but they were not my main focus. Thank you, Manatita, for reading and your kind comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 25, 2021:

It is wonderful that advice from Violet's parents came to her in a dream. I am sure that her writing skills will continue to excel as she moves forward. That would be fun to have a keyboard type out a story all on its own. You have a creative imagination!

manatita44 from london on January 25, 2021:

A lovely piece. You flirted with different ideas but stuck largely to Violet's writing career. She made some money. Awesome!

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

Yes, Grammarly is really helpful for those whose native language is not English. Yes, I was just playing with my imagination when I brought the magical keyboard into the scene. And I have written many stories about relationships and love blooming. So I thought I would just concentrate on the career of Violet. :)

Thank you, Jason, for reading and your elaborate comments, which are always welcome.

Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on January 25, 2021:

This reminded me on my first attempt to write an article which could have a featured status here in hubpages. I have lots of try and edits. But thanks to some magic called Grammarly,I have been polished and improving as I keep writing. I hope I can be at my best, bester, bestest..hehehe.. Nice story. It made me laughed as the magic keyboard enters in the scene. And also was ticklish as the handsome guy in the shop came in in the story. I was hoping for their love story to bloom as well not just the career of Violet..hehehe...

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

Yes, you are right, sometimes help comes from strange places. And yes, Violet has many reasons to continue writing. I appreciate your comments, Dora.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

I had to smile at your comment, Bill. Thank you for reading and commenting. By the way, Violet is a fast learner.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 25, 2021:

Thanks for sharing this story. It might just encourage someone down on their luck to discover that help comes from varied sources--even strange sometimes. Violet has so many reasons to keep writing!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 25, 2021:

The dawn of any writing career is a beautiful dawning. Violet was quite fortunate she didn't have to spend years struggling with her craft the way most of us do. I'm jealous! :)

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

Yes, Violet is a lucky writer. Thank you for liking the story and taking out the time to read and comment. I appreciate it.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on January 25, 2021:

Rosina, interesting. She seems to always get lucky with her writing but does a magic keyboard really happen in real life? She is one lucky writer. If only my keyboard would do the same. Thank you for an engaging article.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

Yes, your interpretation is right. I am pleased that you enjoyed the story. Hopefully Violet will do well in her writing career. Thank you, Chitrangada, for reading and your thoughtful comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 25, 2021:

Nice and engaging story Rosina, which keeps the curiosity of the readers till the end.

I am sure Violet will do well as a writer, in the future as well. Although, it may be interpreted that the spirit of her parents was helping her initially.

Thank you for sharing this interesting story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

I am glad, Liz, you find the story interesting and engaging. I appreciate your comments very much.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

Yes, you are right, John. I am delighted you like the story. Thanks for your generous comments. Truly Appreciated.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 25, 2021:

This is an interesting story that engages well with readers. They keep reading, keen to see what the next twist in the plot will be and hoping that Violet will succeed in her endeavours.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 25, 2021:

A good story, Rosina. Violet was fortunate that the keyboard was magically completing her stories, but even after it was no longer doing that, it seems to have kick started her creativity. She will do well.

Rosina S Khan (author) on January 25, 2021:

I am glad, Pamela, you like the story. Yes, Violet is talented in that she learns fast from her mistakes. Thank you for reading and your positive comments.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 25, 2021:

This is a very good story, Rosina. I think Violet has talent as she has had numerous articles printed, and she only had one article rejected.