Sunday, September 2, 2012
When Did You Know You Wanted To Be a Writer?
As some of you may know from my bio, my friends informally voted me Most Likely to be a Romance Novelist when I grew up.
I was reminded of my childhood story-writing this morning as I was emailing my editor the first chapter of Return of the Assassin. "Do you think this is catchy enough? Will readers be emotionally vested and curious to see what happens by the end of chapter one?" I asked. Then I realized that, in a way, emailing her the pieces of my chapter as I finished them was sort of like reading my stories to my friends over the phone while sitting on my bedroom floor...with my tiny black-and-white TV turned to Friday Night Videos, or whatever else was on the five channels of TV I could get on the TV in my bedroom (only the living room TV got cable — yes,cable. Not satellite TV).
Thinking about those early years of my writing, I was reminded once more just how deeply seated writing is in my blood. If I had been paying attention all those years ago, I would have known I wanted to be a writer and could have saved myself a lot of time. At least then I would have known what to study in college. Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20, isn't it? I was born a writer, and while I should have know that thirty years ago, at least I know it now.
When did you know you were meant to be a writer? How did you come to that realization?