Monday, February 13, 2012

Back to My Roots ....

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? 

48 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

You narrarated your walks home? That's great. I hope they were interesting.

Creepy Query Girl said...

lol. For me, I distinctly remember sitting in geometry class with my eyes open but in my mind, I was on a deserted island after my class had gone down in an airplane crash. LOL. That's when I knew my imagination might be the thing to lead the way in my career choice. thanks for sharing your origins!

Grumpy Bulldog, Media Mogul said...

Aw that's what I missed out on having to ride the bus home from school.

Talli Roland said...

My dad used to tell me stories, too, and I always made up little stories while walking to and from school. I think writers are likely very similar!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful account of your writing roots. Mine? well I have already written mine.

Have a good day.

Yvonne.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

What a cool start to writing. I didn't even consider all the make believe I did as a kid was my start to story telling. :D

Matthew MacNish said...

So cool to get to know your story, PK! I wish had been able to hold on to some of my writing from back in the day. I don't have a single piece.

SA Larsenッ said...

It's so cool that you still have the stories you wrote during your childhood. Most of mine where washed away with puberty and high school. lol

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Wow. You were raised to be a writer...and so cool that you kept all your pictures and writings.

Isis Rushdan said...

It is not until we take ourselves seriously that others truly do so. Loved your origins post.

M.J. Fifield said...

I'm not sure I ever narrated my walks home from the school bus but that's awesome. I do know I narrate my days now. Must mean I'm on the right track...

MISH said...

My mom is also a book-a-holic, though at 83 yrs old, she doesn't read as much as she used to...
Great post!

Jay Noel said...

I did a lot of narrating back and forth from the bus stop too! We lived on a very long street at the end in the cal de sac. So it was a good 22 houses I had to walk by to get to the bus. Lots of time to narrate stuff. How funny...thanks for coaxing an old memory out from my brain!!!!

DL Hammons said...

I was destined to snuggle up to fiction-writing like a cozy blanket.

I LOVE your ORIGIN! Thank you for sharing it today and allowing me (us) to learn a little bit more about you. :)

Siv Maria said...

How great that you still have those stories. Thank you for sharing your origin.

Donna Yates said...

Sometimes those of us who love books and writing are in a world only we can understand. Funny how one day you realize you are writing stories, just not on paper, and you realize you should be a writer.

Jessica Bell said...

Hehehe, I find myself narrating in elevators ... ;o)

Carla White said...

What wonderful childhood memories! I, too, spent more time reading and crafting my own stories than taking dance lessons or joining organized sports. I created a fantasy story in grade 4 complete with pictures and was told by my teacher that I had a knack for storytelling. That was the first time I knew I wanted to write in some form or another and it hasn't stopped since.

J.L. Campbell said...

It's awesome that you've kept everything you wrote from childhood. Must be cool to be able to track your progress over the years.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww GOOD LUCK creating your early reader/chapter book!! That sounds so so so so lovely!! May your writerly journey continue on ever upwards!! Take care
x

Heather Day Gilbert said...

Haha--love that you narrated your walks home. I think I did alot of my dialogue development by playing with Barbies.

I'll be back--nice to find your blog!

nutschell said...

Hi PK!
I'm dropping by from the origins blogfest. I love how you narrated your walks home!

Your newest follower,

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Writing was definitely in your genes! I don't remember my father reading a lot (although he was gone often) but my mother always had a book in hand.
Thanks for participating in the blogfest.

cleemckenzie said...

I think you could do an article on writing a narrative while walking. Super technique for a writer.

RachelMaryBean said...

That's great! If you do make a book out of that early character make sure you share it with us! I want to hear about it. :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm glad to have also kept everything I drafted as a child. Children write so differently than adults, and I often think my writing was better than.

I really enjoyed your story and am a new follower because of it.

Christine Rains said...

You were destined to be a writer with such parents! Great story.

Jeigh said...

How cute that you narrated your walks home! It's so great when parents give their kids a love of reading and storytelling. I had the same from my parents.

Ashley Nixon said...

I love that your parents told you stories! That's so wonderful! It's also awesome that you have everything your wrote as a child!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

What a wonderful story. With your background, it seems you were almost destined for this road. Nice to meet you.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Lucky you, to still have all your writing! I foolishly threw a lot of mine away.

PS - Dance and cheer classes are over-rated! :D

McKenzie McCann said...

My parents read books to me almost every single night until fourth or fifth grade. They also read Dr. Seuss to me while in the womb. I'm sure these things pushed me toward writing, even if I don't know how exactly.

Alleged Author said...

Too cute that you were narrating your walks home. Meant to be a writer!!

Nicki Elson said...

Even the way you write this blogpost is so very well done. Yup, it was destiny. :)

LynnRush said...

I love the cozy blanket part! That's awesome. So true!!! :)

Diligent Writer said...

I am jealous you still have the things you did as a child. Mine were tossed out a few years back. You were born to write for sure... Great post!

fOIS In The City said...

PK, Love your story and the image of you making up stories as a kid. Of course, your parents reading and reading to you must have been a wonderful inspiration.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I'm so impressed that you have everything you have ever written. I wish I still did - for some of it anyway. Thanks for sharing.

Marsha Sigman said...

Narrating your walks home!lol

Doesn't all the weird little things we did as kids makes sense now?

Thanks for sharing your story!

LTM said...

wow. That's a great story, P! Neither of my parents are bookworms, but I did grow up hearing and being read stories. Although I never thought of myself as a novelist, I did like to write. I guess I was a little like you in that once I reached a certain age, I felt like I was able to try... :o) <3

Donna Hole said...

I kept one story I wrote as a kid. its safely tucked in a box somewhere :)

Good luck on the compilation project. Its sure to be a great book.

......dhole

Jackie Jordan said...

It's always wonderful to read such an inspiring story. Good luck to you in the future ...

Jeremy Bates said...

You have such a wonderful family that starts from a story teller, reader and now you as a writer..you have a great talent!

kmckendry said...

That's a great story PK! I used to do the same thing on my way home from school! Especially when there were huge snowbanks, I would make up this story of traversing an arctic world!

Deniz Bevan said...

Love that bit about narrating your walks home [g] I think I'm guilty of that sometimes...

Scarlett said...

Is "narrated" code for *talking to yourself*? *Big Grin*

Seriously, I think THAT'S awesome. I *narrate* to myself all the time! An active imagination and our ability to remove ourselves into our own little worlds are clear indicators that we were born to write, right?

It's been fun! I can't wait to read more of you! It's great to *meet* you in the Fest, Pk!

PS: What's up with the shark? Bout gave me a fright when I scrolled quickly to the bottom of the page. One of the most chilling scenes in a movie ever... Quint's speech ("eleven hundred men went into the water. 316 men come out. Sharks took the rest.")

William Kendall said...

I was reading before I went to school already, so I think it was one step from there to eventually writing. I rather preferred being lost in that kind of fictional world.

Leslie Rose said...

It's so cool you were in touch with your creativity early in life. I do believe a house that loves words launches writers.