I know this sounds like a rather oblique title, but I wanted to write about why I write, the essence of who I am and why I feel the need.
Writing is something I have been passionate about since I discovered it in Intermediate. I immediately started writing a story which had no ending – embarrassingly called “My Idol, Simon Le Bon”. I won’t go into details because it was a very sad offering, but me and my friends had a bit of fun with it. It has long since disappeared, and I hope, like hell, that it ended up in a rubbish bin somewhere.
From there, story ideas evolved. When I got to College, we had free reign in 6th form (year 11 or 12 I think) over what we submitted for marking at the end of the year. We had three projects, to submit, and once of them was a novella, based on a dream of a friend. The story was well received by one teacher in particular, and got scored well (the other two projects didn’t, but this was in a time when 50% had to pass and 50% had to fail).
Over the years, I have filled exercise books with stories, I have a concertina file full of story ideas, exercise books and notebooks.
About three years ago, I felt like I was going mad, and was discussing my life goals with my husband when he muttered the immortal (and words he now wishes he had never said), “You will never become a famous writer unless you write.”
His words spurred me on, and I knew he was right. They are words he has probably come to regret, but they are words that will always remind me that if I want something, I actually have to work towards achieving it. I won’t win Lotto unless I buy a ticket. I won’t write a book without sitting at a computer and typing it.
So, that is my journey to writing. Why do I write? That is something I have discussed hundreds of times before. I guess my overactive imagination has something to do with it, but I also need some outlet for my creativity. I am not an artistic person by nature, but I like to weave tales, stories that people will enjoy and read.
That is all about me, what about you? What inspired you to write?