Wednesday, January 8, 2020

IWSG: The Start of my Writing Journey

Happy New Year, fellow Insecure Writers! We’ve got a great question to start 2020: “What started you on your writing journey?”


In my case, it was several things, starting with my mom who read to me at bedtime until I was old enough to read to her. Those fanciful Dr. Seuss books (which she loathed!), fairytales, and her favorite – Carl Sandburg’s Rutabaga Stories, had my mind swirling with possibilities the second the light turned out. Instead of lulling me to sleep, those words began a domino-ing “What if?” effect that had me stretching out those stories into my own HEA endings, turning me into a storyteller. But the writing bug (sparked by my first publication in the school newspaper when I was in 6th grade) blossomed in this painfully shy middle-schooler when we had to read our own made up epitaphs to the class. Mine, purposefully, made everyone laugh. What a wonderful feeling to encourage a positive response in that tough 8th grade audience. I started thinking, I want to do this!

That writer bloomed in middle and high school when sharing continuing stories with several of my friends. They couldn’t WAIT to get that next installment. I wrote and wrote, filling spirals and notebooks 
 but never finished anything. Then came college along with a part time job, and fictional pursuits lay mostly dormant. Until a chance encounter at a craft fair after I’d gotten married and was supplementing my income making stuffed animal toys, when a dapper woman stopped at my booth and recognized me as one of her former English students. She sized me up and pronounced disdainfully, “So, this is what you’re doing with your college education.” It was the kick in the ego I’d been waiting for. I went home and related the story to my now ex and announced I was going to finish a book and sell it. I ended up writing FOUR full manuscripts, and finally submitted the best one to New York. It sold and was followed over the years by 67 more. Now that I’m newly retired, writing IS my full-time job.

That daydreamer, storyteller finally broke loose. And yes, this is what I do with my college education. I write because I can’t NOT write. And it all started with bedtime stories . . .

Oh, and one of those books is on SALE! MIDNIGHT KISS, the first installment in my “Touched by Midnight” vampire series is just $0.99 until January 15! Sink your teeth in and enjoy!!


   

How about you, fellow IWSGers? I can’t wait to find out what unlocked that creative door for you. May that passion flame long and strong in 2020! Write on!


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the January 8th posting of the IWSG will be T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

21 comments:

  1. What an inspiring story of how you started writing. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. Inspiration is what it's all about! (Or is that the Hokey Pokey?).

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  2. Reading to our children leaves a huge impact. In second grade, both my children read at a 6th grade level. The teachers thought it was because I read to them.

    Teresa

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    1. Reading IS fundamental! I never said no to a book in the store and one of my gifts to my grandguy is always a book that he has to read from when he visits.

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  3. I love reading the how-I-began stories of writers. It always shows that no matter how expert we become that we started the same way: at the beginning. Great blog!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, Nancy! So inspirational! I first caught the writing bug in grade school also. Books were my life & I was venturing more & more into writing. My 4th grade teacher encouraged me. She often asked me to read my poems & essays aloud to the class (much to my embarrassment!). I think that's when I realized "maybe I could!" Have a fantastic, productive year!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! We can never devalue the importance of teachers who spark and encourage creativity!

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    2. Even the unpleasant ones who speak a truth you don't want to hear . . . but are glad you listen to.

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  5. What a great start to your writing.

    Allie

    www.alliebock.com

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  6. Amazing how sometimes we need that kick where it hurts to do what we really want to do! 67 books... I'm in awe! Since it takes me at least a full year to do each book, I don't expect to live long enough to hit 67!

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    1. You should see my WIP drawer after all those years! The things that didn't sell, were never finished, were ideas that never caught fire. I'm hoarding them for my later retirement years . . . oh, wait. That's now!

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  7. Wow, 67 books is truly amazing. What an inspiring story. Good thing you ran into that teacher!

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    1. I even thanked her in the dedication of a book. Wish I could remember her name so I could send her a copy.

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  8. Great story about the English teacher. LOL I had a teacher who told me to stop wasting time reading! You've always been an inspiration. So glad you have the time to write full time.

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  9. Very inspirational and impressive. 67 books. Wow, you go. Great post. I'm a little late making the rounds. Happy IWSG!

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  10. Sixty-seven! That is impressive. Wow, what a career you've had.

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  11. Truly interesting post, Nancy! I write because I can’t NOT write, too. This seems to be my first time here. I'll follow your blog and connect with you online. All best to you in 2020!

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  12. Well, I totally forgot to do this. I suppose I can show up late to the party. It isn't as if it much matters, I suppose. I'm one of those people whose absence doesn't tend to be noticed, either in cyber or real life.

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