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Tell what led you to write. Are you like me and just always loved stories? Or did you just feel called to write this story- whatever story you are writing-? Did you just love coming up with characters and finally decided to give them purpose? Have you needed to work to accomplish the ability to write well, or have you always been complimented on your writing, or have you only recently tapped into your talent, or began to practice? This is about you not your characters for once. Please, tell all. I want to compare stories ... stories :) haha.
I've always loved reading but I've only just started writing and it is better. I'm told i'm a good writer. When reading, stuff you don't want to happen always happens. If writing you tell the story. You don't want it to happen it doesn't.
How I came up with Shane and Ella:
All my stories start from a dream. If its good then I usually sit awhile thinking about the characters, their names, personalities, etc. Usually I do the personality first then go from there. Then I think about how I want them to be connected. Couple, friends, enemies that kind of thing. Most of the time I don't stick to it though. I see how it plays out.
What leads me to write; goodness, that question is harder to answer than you would think. I don’t know, I guess I’m just wired that way. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t good at writing, or didn’t love it. I love writing because of the freedom it gives me. For two sentences, or however long I have to write, I can be anyone I want. For two sentences, I can do anything I want and for once, there’s nobody around to tell me I’m wrong. And that’s what drives me to write: the liberation at knowing I can finally express myself in a way that’s free of judgment and free of any restrictions.
No one immediately writes well, though they may all have the gift of writing, as I have been complemented on having. I have always wanted to see my own ideas down on paper, since I was little, and as soon as I was able to write by myself, I wrote many small ideas, and completed a small, hundred-page story when I was nine. But my writing has slowly gotten better over the years, and I am now writing my first big book, The Voyages of the Waved Albatross.
Ella: My ideas usually come from dreams to, though I can't allow myself to sit and think about it because boredom quickly takes over me if I'm writing something I've already planned out. Also I know how you feel with the always loving reading but only recently writing because I've always loved stories but only really started writing several years ago. I don't usually stick to the plan either :)
Alli: I absolutely love your response, I wasn't expecting a reply like this, in the way it's written or told. Loved it :)
Steel: You are very right about how no one immediately writes well, the reason I didn't clear that up in the posting of the thread is because usually people become better writers as they write ... I'm not sure if there is any other way to practice really. Also, I'm amazed that you were able to do that at nine! That is so cool :) I'm also writing a book at the moment- and actually sticking with it! :) - so I know to wish you good luck with yours :)
I went through dozens of diaries as a kid, but each one only had maybe one or two actual entries. The rest of the pages were filled with crazy stories that my 6 year old self made up. I don't really remember when I decided to get serious about it, but the first big project I took on was my novel Blessed. I finished it my freshman year of high school, and my writing has improved so much since then that I'm actually in the process of re-writing it. I've been writing short stories for about four or five years now. Writing has always just felt so natural to me; it's who I am but also who I've become. The best part is that there's always room for improvement!
I wish I had written more as a kid, but I was never able to focus long enough to actually write the story in my head down :) Also, wow, freshman year that is awesome and great that you are able to go back and re-write it :)... It's SO true that you can only get better! The only hard part about that is if say you love writing in third person but grow to writing better in first person so you have to make that transition, definitely one of the perks of writing.
I really don't remember if I liked to write stuff as a kid but I do know that in sixth grade is when I decided that I wanted to get serious about it.
Just like Ella I became really inspired through books which really helped me to learn how to write.Sometimes I feel its the only thing I'm good and I know that it is just something that I am really really passionate about. I haven't been writing for awhile now but I'm trying to improve and maybe someday write a novel. The only thing that I think is holding me back is my fear that I'm not good enough or that nobody will appericate my work.
I didn't really start writing till middle school either ... I've actually never really said I was going to get serious about writing, the passion just kind of developed. But books/movies/life-in-general are the best inspiration :) but you can always use writing as a prop to hold you up in life's twists and turns and it's good that you have it to fall back on if ever you are in a pit. Who knows maybe you will just pick up something you've written and just keep on writing with it, not stopping till it's a book, like what I'm doing right now :) also, you can ALWAYS find somebody who will love and appreciate your work, you can't please everyone but you will always come across those you will just adore your work and constantly ask for more, whether they be family or strangers on the internet continents away :) always keep writing and reading that's by far the best, if not the only, practice :) good luck!
Ever since I was really young, I've loved stories. I taught myself how to read and I would tell stories to my parents and they would write them down for me. I was homeschooled after kindergarten, and during that time, I wrote so many stories and I illustrated them too. I also told stories to my brother and he and I would make up stories together. I wrote a few short novels when I was around nine. One was a grand total of ten pages long (lol) and the other was longer, but not by much.
I stopped writing for a while and then when I got to sixth grade, there was a classmate who really liked to write and I got inspired by her. 6th grade was when I realized that I really enjoyed writing and had a talent for it.
I love writing and I am so glad that I have a talent for it because I don't think I could live without it.
lucy: I've always loved stories to but I hated reading till about 5th grade, and it wasn't till about junior hight that I really started writing down the stories and till highschool that they started reading well. That's great with your nine-year-old novel :) loved that. I know what you mean about not being able to live without it, writing's my outlit so I'd probably b a wreck without it. good luck! :)
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Okay, that seemed to work this time. I've been reading and reading and when I was little I'd pretend I was the main character in the book I was reading instead of the actual main character, and I thought about what I'd do differently. Then I made up more and more original fanfiction in my head, and played pretend with friends until I wasn't just making up fanfiction in my head, I was making up whole new stories in new worlds. I put a bit of myself into my characters, but I made them all different instead of always basing them off of someone else. Writing it down is the best, because that makes it more real. I take in stories like I take in oxygen, and stories have to come out, too, just like the air.
violet: I agree with you 100% :) I didn't read much as a young child but I always had a main character of mine that I would put into the stories I watched, heard, etc. Also I'd always play pretend with family or friends so I know exactly what you mean :)
I can't really remember a time when I didn't like writing. Even when I was reall young, I was always reading or writing short stories. In the last couple of years, I've started to take my writing more seriously, but I still enjoy it. I love making up characters or story lines in my head and finding a way of putting them into a longer story. I love writing because I can be whoever I want to be, whether it's just for a couple of sentences of pages.
Huh, well I've always really loved writing. Actually, one of my *first* memories is of writing a book in kindergarten. I think all it was composed of is "the lion is a firefighter. The giraffe is a baker" ect. ect. But I was looking through a couple journals from a while back, and I realize now I really wrote what I wanted to happen to me. Like, there was one story about a girl and her firend who go to a science museum on a class sleepover and somehow teach the bully a lesson and get a million dollars and are given a medal from the president. Yeah. I like to think I've improved some since then.
holly: I know what you mean about being who you want to be, I have one set character I use who easily switches personalities to what ever I intend but he always has the characteristics I have, like, admire, wish I had, and more. .... and strangely I'm pretty sure out of all of these I've read I'm the only one who didn't like reading till I was older... weird :)
Cammy: :) that's great, I love it. Isn't it weird to go back and read what you wrote years ago then compare it to what you wrote now? That's one of my favorite and least favorite things about writing: you can only get better, and then the worst is you can only get better and sometimes that takes you away from your prefered writing tense into one you write better in. :) still, that's awesome!