Friday, June 21, 2013

"You Are A Writer" - When did you know?

I am participating in the ‘Writing Contest: You Are A Writer’ held by Positive Writer - See more at: http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-you-are-a-writer/#sthash.XtJrAKCB.dpuf
I saw this contest entitled "Writing Contest: You Are A Writer" held by Positive Writer and decided I wanted to give it a go.  It just sounds like so much fun!  Feel free to join in the fun if you so desire.  The rules detailing how to enter the contest are explained on the link above.

I am participating in the ‘Writing Contest: You Are A Writer’ held by Positive Writer - See more at: http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-you-are-a-writer/#sthash.XtJrAKCB.dpuf

You Are A Writer - When Did You Know?

 I remember the moment very clearly.

I was in fourth grade.  I loved horses.  And all I wanted was to read a story about wild horses... from their perspective.  As if the horses themselves were telling the story.

So I visited our little library.  I remember opening the glass door and looking in at all the books... Big and small, thin and thick.  I have always loved to smell books, touch them, and feel them.  The words and ideas mesmerized me.  I soon learned how to look up books by certain authors and genres.  But try as I might, I could not find a book about wild horses telling their own story. 
 
One morning my teacher said, "Class, for the next few days we are going to learn to write a story of our own."  Right then I knew what I wanted to do!  I immediately started to write a story from the perspective of a wild stallion.  It was a project that I will never forget... I still have the little book.  I was so proud of it!  And that little story sparked a flame...


In middle school I was bullied.  It wasn't always in an obvious way... but it hurt and words cut so deeply.  I lost any shred of confidence I might have had and retreated into my own lonely world. My writing voice was taken from me.  I felt so alone and empty.

But in high school, things began to change.  I was introduced to the wide, adventurous world of fantasy and science fiction.  My writing voice came back, and I began to form a story that would become a trilogy.  Hundreds of pages in length and all my very own.  I became the copy editor for our high school newspaper.  I became vice president of a reading/writing club.  Writing helps me to express what I cannot say with the tongue.


But life happened.  I had to grow up and get a "real" job.  My trilogy from high school has been put on the back burner.  But yet, it is funny... writing still crops up in my life.  I am now a medical transcriptionist, so while I am not writing my own thoughts, I am still heavily involved with words and sentence structure.  And I began to realize I wanted to write again, and so, this blog was formed.  I couldn't be happier with it!  I don't make money writing, and my formal job title is not "writer".  But it is my hope that one day that cheesy old story from high school can come out in the light again and live.  It has always been my dream and someday, somehow, I hope it happens.  But no matter what, I will always be writing!  Nothing else helps me to understand and express my feelings better than writing them down.

So, you are a writer.  When did you know? 

6 comments:

  1. I have always loved to write but was unable to call myself a writer until I attended my first writer retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer House. I signed up thinking I could write, I left a writer:)) Great post!

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    1. A writer retreat sounds fun! I don't know if I would ever be brave enough to go, but it sounds like a blast. :)

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  2. Great post Lana! I still don't know if I'd call myself a writer or not. I've always loved to read books and research on different topics. Long ago, I wanted to be an animal vet and I can remember going to the library too and researching on different types of animals. I used to have a notebook filled with all my reserach. But like you said, life happens and my plans changed. I started my blog earlier this year and I think I do it mainly to help others have the resources to do and hopefully they will. I still do the research just not on all animals all the time. :)
    Mary
    www.homegrownonthehill.blogspot.com

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    1. I love blogging for that very reason! It is my special place where it doesn't matter if others consider me a writer or not, here I am and I can write what I want to help others and share photography and stories.

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  3. I love that post and your story. In many ways it resembles my story also. I grew up in a very dysfunctional family and writing was something I could quietly do and not cause trouble. I would write many things about my life in my younger preteen years. When I got to high school I took a Literature and Writing class that really encouraged me to write stories. I wrote a novel and many children's stories at that point. I haven't had a lot of time to sit down and write novels with my four children (9-1 year), but I do find time to write songs and poems...mostly about them. I still find in my hardest moments of life I go to my pen and paper.

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    1. Me too, Chasity. My pen and paper or keyboard has helped me cope with a lot of hard times through the years!

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