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?

The Essence of Writing
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4 thoughts on “The Essence of Writing

  • October 11, 2010 at 10:01 am
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    I write because I have to. When I don’t write I get apathetic and moody. I started writing at school with badly rhyming poems of teenage angst. Later, while travelling, I wrote to try to explain my vagabond life to friends and family who stayed at home. At university I wrote to get good marks. As a teacher of English I wrote unit plans, reports and lessons because it was part of the job. That was never enough. I need to write creatively. I need to write factually. Sometimes I need to rant. I write full time at the moment so making money is a part of why I write. But the money can never be all of it. I just have to write. I write therefore I am.

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    • October 11, 2010 at 11:06 am
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      Paul, writing is something that is personal to everyone who does it, keep up the great work, one day, with enough determination, you will make it!

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  • October 11, 2010 at 10:19 am
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    Spinning stories seems to be something I have always done, making up adventures to amuse myself. When I was eleven, I realized one could write them down. Now twenty-two years later, I think I have the creation part covered and need to get over my fear of the submissions process.

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    • October 11, 2010 at 11:07 am
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      KLC, submissions are hard, but you just have to wish your story luck as you send it away. Sometimes it isn’t accepted, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great story. Just keep going, because it will happen! :o)

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