Thursday, June 3, 2010

Passionate beginnings...

A big THANK YOU to all of you wonderful folks out in bloggerville who follow and read my blog!

Seriously, I've been thrilled to receive so much feedback and advice regarding my various posts lately - I couldn't be happier to find so many new friends among my followers and to hear so many different points of view. What a treat it is to log on each day and see what all of you are up to!

That being said, as I've been sifting through the MANY blogs I follow, I've been intrigued by all the diversity among us - the many backgrounds, locations and occupations that have led us all down the same path: writing. It doesn't matter if we hail from the US, Australia, England or Canada; it doesn't matter if we are math teachers, stay at home moms, social workers or engineers - we all find ourselves sitting in front of a computer screen creating people and situations that seem so real we can hardly type fast enough.

I can still remember my favorite book series growing up. It was The Trixie Belden Book Series. I read it as a pre-teen and adored it so much that I set out to write the next book of the set right then and there at age 11. Although that didn't work out quite as I had hoped (wink, wink), it did inspire a love of writing and creating that I never lost. I wrote my first novella in 8th grade (which left my teacher speechless wondering what type of Catholic School values she had instilled) and continued with short stories through high school and college. I took every writing class I could get my hands on whether it was business writing, creative writing or didn't matter so long as I was WRITING. I have kept every piece ever written and enjoy looking back at them from time to time if only to see evidence of my growth as a writer.

Remembering my own beginnings has left me to wonder: how did each of you first know that you were destined to be a writer...when did you first discover your passion?


  1. Ooo-oo I got a trixie belden from a friend at his cabin in the whopwhops and now it's at my family's cabin (also in the whopwhops - or for locals in Wellington, The Orongorongo Valley). Had to climb a rope up a cliff to get to his hut *sigh* - nostalgia

    Anyway, back to question *grin* only last year I discovered I could write!

  2. I first discovered my love for writing when I was in grade 4. That time, I attempted to make a short novel in my small notebook. It was written in Filipino. I was inspired to write it because of the short novels I've read. I really wanted to send my story to a publishing company but it didn't materialize. Nonetheless, it will always be the most unforgettable story in my life.

  3. I don't think I'd call it a 'destiny' so much as an 'obsession'. It started when I was in junior high school and I realised I could say things in a story that I didn't know how to express otherwise. My stories have now moved way beyond my own inner workings, life, and worries, but that's where the seed was planted for me.

  4. I love the diversity among bloggers, too. I find every story inspiring and enjoy getting to know all these other people who share my same passion for writing.

    I discovered I enjoyed writing in middle school. I used to tell my sister and brother stories that I'd make up on the spot and sometimes write them down later. Soon after, I tried my hand at a novel.

  5. Trixie was my favorite growing up. I still have my set of her books, some cloth-covered hardbacks. Good stuff, that.

    High school is when I first thought I wanted to be a writer. It was a long time later before I decided to actively pursue it. ;-)

  6. I am so excited to find other Trixie fans! I still have my whole set as well and want nothing more than for my daughter to read them...maybe if I tell her she absolutely cannot read them, she'll want to!