When Did You Realize You Wanted To Become A Writer?

@PinchMe (193)
Canada
January 27, 2007 2:25am CST
How or when did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What other thing(s) were you engaged in at that time?
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@ginny36 (267)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I was in elementary school, and always had my nose in a book. I used to travel a lot with my grandparents on the weekends, and my grandmom would kill the long hours in the car by telling stories of growing up with five brothers and sisters on a farm in West Virginia. Her stories were so very different from my own city girl childhood. They fascinated me, so after these trips I would come home, hole up in my room, and write them all out in a notebook. I gave her the notebook, complete with illustrations, for Christmas. She burst into happy tears right there by the Christmas tree. I had never been more entertained than when I was working away at taking her stories from my head and putting them on paper, complete with my own little twists on things. And I had never made someone so happy with a gift than I did with that simple offering. The combination of how much fun it was for me and how much joy I realized words could bring to others got me hooked, and that has never changed.
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@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Wow! That's a very cool story. Thanks for contributing. My favorite is being told stories. If i could be a master story teller I would entertain everyone for only food and drink in exchange. Just like they use to in the olden days. Best of luck, and may the enjoyment you get last a lfetime. :-)
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Storytelling is a real art; I went to an Ethnic Festival where they had storytellers telling stories from around the world, and they were so amazing. It takes a real sense of timing and expression to make the stories entrancing. There was one woman who told ancient Japanese stories, and she had the audience eating out of her hand. I had never heard a professional storyteller before and it was really extraordinary.
@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
30 Jan 07
Yes Storytelling is considered an art. When I was younger I wanted to become a Master Storyteller. To hold my audiences' attention and anticipation of every word uttered, every calculated gesture. It's one reason why I look forward to attending a book reading event every year. It's funny even though I'm an adult I still get thrills listening to the narration of a story just like the times I was younger. ;-)
@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I think that anybody who really loves to read also thinks that someday they would love to write a book. I know that as long as I can remember, I have loved to read, and I've always been a pretty good writer in school. As an adult, I became an editor, always fixing other people's writing. While working as an editor, I began to write small stuff for work and realized that I might actually like to do this more seriously. I've written some short stories, but haven't published any fiction yet. Has anyone on here published a short story? I'd be curious to hear about your experience.
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@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Well, I've had a short story that was almost published, except that the editors thought that its plot was predictable. However, one editor included a little note that encouraged me to submit more stories. Unfortunately, I didn't follow up and now have to start the whole process all over again.
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@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
30 Jan 07
I've never published a book myself. Though I've never tried hard at it because of my lack of focus. My friends say too many interests. I say something else.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
29 Jan 07
A l-o-n-g time ago, when I was about 7 or 8 years old and my dad encouraged me to keep a journal/diary. I realized that I enjoyed writing and after college, wrote articles and one book that were published. Of course, writing papers in college was never a problem for me and I helped my younger brother and sister to write them as well.
@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
30 Jan 07
That's great. Getting encouragement from home is definately good. My encouragement was to become a minister of the cloth. But that's another story. Thanks for replying.
@peavey (16956)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I've wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember. When I won a Blue Ribbon on a collection of poems in the 7th grade, I thought I was on my way!
@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
So did you make it? Are you where you wanted to be?
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@shalwani (760)
• Pakistan
27 Jan 07
I am not a writter ...but still my friends are engage in this proffesion and i love what they write
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@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Too bad, though you should give it a try some times everyone can do it. Writing doen't have to be strict and linear all the time. You can make it fun too. Keep giving your friend positive encouragements, I noticed a lot of writers need that. :-)
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@niitesh (1655)
• India
27 Jan 07
before joining my lot.......here you need to write and write pretty well to get response to your discussions
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@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
I didn't realize that. And here I've been rambling on like my normal self. Does this mean I should review all of my previous postings! Oh well... I hope my writing improves. Thanks for responding. ;-D
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
31 Jan 07
When I was 12 or 13 years old. I didn't have a happy childhood and found myself spending a lot of time alone. One year my grandparents gave me a diary for my birthday and that started it. I wrote like I was talking to my best friend, sharing all the things I couldn't or wouldn't tell anyone else in the world. That gave me lots of practice and now I tend to write the same way - like I'm talking to a friend. Funny thing is now I do freelance writing - content articles for web sites and such, I research the topic I'm assigned and then just write the article like I'm talking to you just keeping in mind keywords for the page. I've gotten a good response and have been requested to do additional work for several clients. I've also just today finished my first ebook assignment - email marketing for small businesses.
• United States
31 Jan 07
WOW! That sounds interesting! I thought about doing copywriting but the one site I was interested in charges a monthly fee. Congratulations on your ebook! Is it easy to find clients?
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• United States
30 Jan 07
I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a writer. I think I was practically born with a book in my hand, so the idea of writing always seemed perfectly natural. Of course, my ideas about writing have changed a lot. I was going to be a poet. Then I planned to write the Great American Novel. Finally, I discovered that what I'm best at is non-fiction. I still make a stab at fiction every now and then, but I guess my heart isn't really in it.
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@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
11 Feb 07
Hey, it sounds like you've acomplished a lot already. Keep at it I'd say. You can educate. You have focus which many would envy. But I understand, things can get tiring sometimes and a break from the same routine would be nice. I myself try short stories when taking a break from a project. Fiction is a wonderful thing for this, yet so 'addictive' keeps me coming back for more. Thanks for the response ;-)
• United States
30 Jan 07
I'm really not sure exactly. I got into writing at a pretty early age though, and started with poetry. I started writing fanfiction which I think really helped me improve my writing abilities. I've always been an avid reader, so I think it's natural that I started thinking about writing and producing my own type of content. It was only a matter of time before I started getting into poetry writing pretty heavily and article writing for AC.
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@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
31 Jan 07
Ahh, once again lets all thank the blessed spirit who governs Poetry. Reading books from night after night when I was young is how I got into it too. I think all writers have a little bit of what they read leisurely, in their own style when they write. But I could be wrong, for we are all different in so many ways. Thanks for responding ;-)
@ashjoe76 (1434)
• India
30 Jan 07
When I wrote my first poem. I was ten years old then, and I felt really happy about what I did and knew that this was what I wanted to do in the future.
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@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
31 Jan 07
That's great, you must have a lot of experience. Are you writing now?
1 Feb 07
I first wanted to write when I was a young kid, around six I think, and I asked my mum to give me some ideas for stories I could write! That's the defining moment for me. Since then I've always done it, and thankfully now I get paid for it too! Thanks mum x x
@cololuvr (55)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I realized I liked writing when I was in sixth grade. My class had an assignment of making a miniature book and writing a story in it. Mine was about animals and how important they were. I even drew pictures in it. I won first place in the whole sixth grade! Later that year I had to opportunity to go to a local college for 2 days to complete a creative writing course. That was very enjoyable!! I haven't had anything published, but I have done a correspondence course on writing for children. Seems like I don't have much time to write a novel although that is what I would LOVE to do!
@kc_159_98 (144)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I was a freshman in high school. I had actually been writing since elementary school, and I loved doing it, but never thought of doing it for money. When I hit jr high (7th and 8th grade) I wrote to get what I was feeling out. My Mom actually found some of the stories I had written and sent me to counsolling. She said that I should think about becoming a writer because I was very good at it, but the subjects needed to change. (I was a disturbed teen). Now, I write a little at least once every two days. It usually ends up being about 5 to 10 pages. At last count I had 30 stories started and 10 over 50 pages long.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
First off, I feel it takes a talent to become a writer and it's not something where you wake up and say, "I want to be a writer"...It starts early on in life with poems, short stories and so forth. I started writing poems and it grew from there. The wonderful thing about writing is you can write about anything! You can write an article, a short story or whatever else tickles your fancy. I sometimes will pop out of a state I'm in and jot down ideas in my head for my next story.