Monday, 13 February 2012

Origins Blogfest: How I started...

I didn't want to be a writer. I wanted to be a doctor or an architect...or maybe a ballerina. Nah, not a ballerina.

My mother told me I used to be an avid reader as a child, I would hide under the covers with a Nancy Drew or Babysitter's Club and a flashlight and read late into the night. Which explains why my eyes are terrible.

However, I gave up my love for reading, as my school years went on, in favor of boys and making out under the stairs. And still, I had no desire to be a writer.

Then one afternoon, my sister brought home the six-hour movie Pride and Prejudice (which I though would be a war movie) and we sat down to watch it.

That's when the voices started. (And not, it wasn't the sexy voice of Colin Firth.)

An idea for a historical love story popped into my head and immediately started writing it. It was crap. However, the voices never stopped and now, I write full time.

The end.

What is your story?

39 comments:

  1. I used to love The Babysitter's Club!

    If the sexy voice of Colin Firth doesn't inspire, nothing will lol!

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  2. Interesting how seeing a movie inspired you to be a writer.

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  3. You were meant to be a writer! Your inner writer just showed up a little later! I wanted to be a writer ever since I could read on my own. I loved reading so much that writing my own stories was a natural step. Writing was a way to get more of what I wanted (stories) without having to wait for someone to take me to the library.

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  4. It took me a long time to figure out that I should be a writer. I was a Sweet Valley High girl myself.

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  5. I like this web site very much

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  6. Hehehe, Babysitter's Club! Me too :o)

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  7. I was a Thoroughbred girl myself...and I've never seen the tv version of Pride and Prejudice. I guess I really have to.

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  8. At least you have a definitive time when the voices started. Lol I think my voices were always there.

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  9. You remind me of me, only it was The Thorn Birds. My love of family saga started there.

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  10. I had no desire to be a writer early in life but yes, a ballerina, an actress, a musician, an artist - I think I wanted to be everyone! Writing came much later ...
    Nice Blogfest!

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  11. Hooorah for voices in your head! Long may they chatter away!!

    Take care
    x

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  12. I wrote some when I was younger, but I never wanted to be a writer either.
    Thanks for participating in the blogfest!

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  13. Writing chose you through P&P--what a lovely story!!

    BTW, I was a Nancy Drew girl myself.

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  14. I didn't want to be a writer, either. Yet here we are.

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  15. Yay! I love that story. The six-hour P&P, eh? I actually really like that movie, too. Good stuff, C~ :o) <3

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  16. My origin story is a little dumb. I wanted to be a video game writer years ago, and I posted on a video game site. Got tired of it, and moved my thoughts here. I don't regret it.

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  17. Interesting point. I suppose even though I loved to write as a kid, I never considered it a career option. Not when I wanted to be an astronaut.

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  18. LOL; I don't know why some people think if you love to read you must be destined to be a writer. Reading is its own pleasure.

    You love of both literature and forensics is a great asset in the ability to write. You've groomed yourself well for your chosen genre.

    .......dhole

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  19. I have yet to see the 6-hour version of Pride and Prejudice, but I'm sure I'll love it! (I just don't have time for that).

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  20. i loved the nancy drew male equivalent hardy boys...
    also, when reading, thought it said "...making out under the stars" but under the stairs is much better! :)

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  21. See how all that reading came in useful when you needed it? :)

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  22. I read a lot of Nancy Drew when I was a child. I was also into Narnia and tales of the fantastic. Ironic that my first fiction would be a reality-based YA series.

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  23. I can remember Christmas Vacation, 7th grade. I got LORD OF THE RINGS and I had the best time following Frodo to Mordor. Ah the joys of losing oneself in a good book!

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  24. For me it was when Colin Firth came out of that pond...hee hee!

    Lovely post!

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  25. Great to find your blog--I write historical fiction, too (at least for now!). Nice to meet you via the fest!

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  26. I imagine Pride and Prejudice has moved many a writer to swoon. It is pure poetry. A little bit o' Colin didn't hurt. He's just so tenderhearted!

    You clearly have a knack for writing, perhaps as a result of your time beneath the stairs! There's plenty of good material to be found in those boys who would be men.

    So glad you listened to the voices.

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  27. ah inspiration! It hits us when we least expect it and usually comes from that 'one' movie, book, series, or author who lights the spark! Thanks so much for sharing your origins!

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  28. I didn't want to be a writer either. Once bitten, it's hard to let go.

    I read with the flashlight under the covers too. And yes, I have the terrible eyesight now. :)

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  29. I've read quite a few ORIGIN's that revolved around movies. Whatever sparks the imagination and gets those wheel turning. I'm glad you've finally realized your true calling!

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  30. Clarissa - Thanks for sharing your story. How interesting that you didn't start by thinking of yourself as a writer. Well, you certainly are one now!

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  31. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE lasted for six hours? Oh, dear...

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  32. Nancy Drew totally got me addicted to books. I think I devoured all our library copies when I was in 3rd grade!

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  33. I love your trigger. Sometimes all it takes it that one moment of wow.

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  34. Huh. Colin Firth wouldn't be such a bad hallucination to have!

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  35. I love that moment when a story idea appears and won't let go!

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  36. I hope that I can write full time one day. And thanks for confirming that my voices are supposed to be here. LOL! Great post!!

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  37. What a story!say thank you to your sister brought home the six-hour movie to inspired you to be a writer.

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