Today's the Origins blogfest with almost 200 participants letting it all hang out: what prompted us to start writing, blogging, pursue writing dreams, etc.
Click on the pic above to get to blogfest HDQ and check out all the entries ... BUT before ya go, let me tell you a little about how I knew I wanted to write stories ....
Basically, while all the other little girls my age were taking dance and cheer classes, I was alone in my room making up stories and drawing characters. I loved stories more than anything. Maybe because I'd sit in the back yard swing with my dad for hours listening to him tell me stories--some of which he made up, some of which were re-tellings. Either way, they sent my imagination soaring out of control.
I still have everything I ever drafted or drew as a child, and this year I hope to start a project for an early reader/chapter book based on a character I created as a child.
As for my mom, she was, and still is, a book-aholic. She reads anything and everything and her books are shelved like trophies in her library at home. So between my mom's excessive reading, and my dad's over-the-top storytelling, I was destined to snuggle up to fiction-writing like a cozy blanket.
And after I realized I was narrating my walks home from the bus stop, I knew I was always going to be a writer. As I grew older, I realized I needed to experience life before my writing could be taken seriously. So I yearned for wisdom and experience. I went to school, I traveled, I met lots of people, and then one day in my early thirties I decided it was time I take my writing seriously.
And I haven't been able to stop ever since.
So that's my origin story. How about you? What's yours?