Friday, August 18, 2006

Why and what I write...

I wanted to post today, but wanted to stay away from the whole preparing to leave stress, because there really isn't anymore to say about that. So thank you Heather for a topic to ruminate on. Oh, and if there is the random "t" missing, it is because my "t" key has broken and fallen off. I use my laptop way too much. Anyway, on to the topic and what and why I write.

I started writing when I was a preteen. I wrote silly poetry that my goodness had to rhyme regardless. I wrote then to deal with the tortured feelings I had. I did not have an ideal childhood and it hasn't been until recently that I have really looked into my childhood and examined the effect it has had on me. I am a reader and always have been. Reader spurned me onto writing. I loved writing. I started writing the above poetry but what really got me started was my 7th grade drama class. We had to keep a journal and had to write in it every day. During this time my life sucked. I didn't want to write about what was going on in my real life at home, so I made up a life. It was great and my first real experience with fiction. I know that my teacher probably knew, but I was bitten by the bug to write and I haven't really stopped since.

I wrote my first novel at 16--which explains why my grades sunk my jr. year. That novel is still sitting in my filing cabinet upstairs, it was a great exercise but it is obvious that a 16 year old and inexperienced writer wrote it. I have started about 15 novels since then. Some are close to complete other just fall off into the abyss of unfinished genius. I have been working on what will be my first real attempt at writing and seeking publication. It is still in the infant stage of development, but I do know that it will be a trilogy--a story of 3 women brought together in an institution through different circumstances, but they are surprisingly similar. I have been working on this in my mind for years. I have always considered myself a writer and I love to create worlds and people. I do get consumed when I am writing and the characters live with me and I can hardly think of anything else. I have not been able to dedicate much time to writing with the adoption, but hope to.

Writing is my life line. It is what makes me who I am. It defines me. So, thank you Heather for the topic, I really appreciate it.

1 comment:

Heather from One Woman's World said...

Hey, thanks so much for participating. Didn't 7th grade suck for everyone. That year of my life forever is a perfect description of hell. I will say this: it also gave me writing. I hadn't thought of it that way until I read your post. :) Thanks.