Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Origin of Me - Origins Blogfest

I joined the Origin Blogfest being hosted by Katie, Alex J., Matt, and DL. 


I'm really excited to go visit all of the other blogs and find out what made people decide they wanted to write.


As for me. My story is pretty simple. I loved reading as a child. Books were my best friends when I was having problems with my real life friends. Getting immersed in other worlds, took me out of mine, even if it was for only brief periods of time.


Then when I was around twelve I read a book series that changed my life. "The Keeping Days" by Norma Johnston was about Tish Sterling who was growing up at the turn of the century (1900) in Yonkers, NY. She was sensitive, fourteen, and wanted to be a writer. It's a six book series and Tish's story has stuck with me, even now, all these laters.


That's what I decided I wanted to be a writer. I dabbled it as a teenager and wrote a whole story the summer I was fourteen about a group of friends who discover their parents have been lying to them. 


Unfortunately I let a few harsh words keep me from really pursuing it until later on in life, but now I crave those harsh words. Okay, maybe not harsh, but definitely critical. 


It's amazing what one book can do and hopefully I can write a book that might inspire somebody else. Or at least entertain.


How about you? When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

14 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

Definitely a love of reading played a role in my decision but that's not what I ended up talking about .:)

Creepy Query Girl said...

There's always that 'one' book or series that pushes you over the edge. For me it was LJ Smith and her secret circle series. I just couldn't get enough. Thanks for sharing your origins!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Funny that works with feedback. At first we want people to be gentle with their feedback. Then we get to the point of wanting them to be tough. That's the only way we'll grow as writers.

Miranda Hardy said...

I've always wrote, but didn't really get serious until later in life. It's amazing how I used to play make believe all the time.

i'm erin. said...

I went through this hugely fat stage in my youth and so I spent hours reading. Lots of youth romance books and Babysitters clubs and Sweet Valley High. I love reading and that's a big reason I love to write.

Julie Daines said...

I love your story! It's amazing how the books we read and loved in our youth affect us as adults. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

So glad you pushed past those critical words.

I wanted to write b/c my words came out better that way.

~ Wendy

J.L. Campbell said...

It's good that you got the drive you needed to start writing again. Makes me wonder how many people gave up because of too-harsh criticism.

Jenny Maloney said...

It is so amazing what a book can do. I'm sure you're inspiring people right now!

Jolene Perry said...

Very cool story.

I almost wish i was inspired by a book - it makes for a very cool story.

Ellie Garratt said...

Harsh words have stopped many a dream. I'm pleased they haven't stopped yours!

ali cross said...

I think it's wonderful you can pinpoint your moment of inspiration. One day, you'll be doing that for someone else!

Terri Tiffany said...

Like Wendy, I can express myself better on paper. I was painfully shy growing up and so I wrote everything down in journals and stories. First published article were poems in our school newspaper:)

LTM said...

Entertain is definitely my goal, but inspire would be ... amazing!

For me, I imagined those worlds when I was lonely or bored. I never thought I'd be writing them down!

Good luck w/finding those critters. :o) <3