Tuesday, April 6

When Did You Start Writing?

As the semester begins to draw to a close, I've been thinking a lot about my writing. For one thing, I'm getting very excited to have tons of writing time. Last summer I wrote 75,000 words in 2 months. So needless to say, I can't wait to see where I can go with my WIP and how quickly I can get there.

Secondly, I am approaching the one year anniversary of my writing. Woohoo! Yes, I've been writing my entire life, but I really started with this writing thing on April 23rd, 2009, the day of my last exam. Even then, the first story I started, Forever, was more of a tester/beginner story. In any case, I will always consider the day I started taking this seriously as April 23rd.

I'm not sure why I started to take writing seriously at that point, but I seem to remember having a conversation with my Mum about how I shouldn't just treat my writing as a hobby. Apparently I took her seriously ;)

Anyway, when I was talking to several of my betas a few weeks ago, many of them were shocked by how long-- or how short a time-- I've been doing this. I'm not sure whether or not it was a compliment to me, LOL! But it made me curious, when did you start to take writing seriously? Was there a specific reason?


  1. That's funny, because my very next blog post is going to be about this very same subject. It's entitled, "I Became A Writer to Impress A Cheerleader." :)

  2. I've been dreaming of it for, well, forever. I took the leap about 2 years ago. My husband and my middle child (the real-life Scott) are what finally inspired me to "get brave". :-)

  3. I've been writing all my life but started the book I've got out to query in 2007. The computer crashed so I lost everything and had to rewrite the whole thing. That began in October 2008, finished it May, 2009. Revised it over the summer and began querying October 2009. Realized it needed a major overhaul (after 16 rejections) so worked on that Jan. 2010. Sent it out March, and have been waiting for the partial request to turn into a full. Am now working on something else while I wait.

  4. i was in denial for a long time, so i can't remember exactly when i started to take my writing seriously. it wasn't after self-publishing a fantasy novel and it wasn't when i found i couldn't stop writing. but whenever it happened, it was because my husband said that i was a writer. even then, it took him telling me this A LOT of times before i started to get even close to believing it. sometimes i still don't, and it's been 5 years since that novel.

  5. In high school and college I wrote like crazy. It helped me cope with the drama in my life.

    I didn't consider writing to get published until December before last. It's been a heck of a ride. :)

  6. I started seriously writing when I was 9. No, really. From the first moment I started writing, I was serious about it. All I ever wanted to be was a writer, when I figured out my eyesight wasn't good enough for me to be an astronaut.

    I've been writing for 15 years, and I love it just as much now as I did when I was 9. And yes, I still have the first novel-beginning that I wrote. :-)

  7. I don't know an exact day, but it was in July or August of 2008. But I've been writing since I was 14. Earlier if you count all the Young Author's Contests I entered. I've always had a love affair with writing. Always.

  8. I've always loved to write... as far back as I can remember. I think I was a writing before I was reading, or spelling. Before I knew words.

    Le sigh. It's late.

  9. I wrote constantly as a teenager, on and off in college, and after I left college it became the identity I clung to during post-college unemployment, dead-end jobs and few prospects. But even then, I played with it for a long time before I started taking it seriously.

    I started a novel I hoped to publish on 24th February 2008, so that's what I consider my 'start' date. It also happens to be my godmother's birthday.

  10. I've been starting stories since around 1984 :shudder:, when my best friend invited me to co-write a book with her. It wasn't until 2004, though, that I took any of this seriously. I started my first novel in January of that year with the idea that this time I was going to finish the darn thing. Then I met my husband and after reading the first chapter, he insisted that I had to write. I've been writing, querying, and writing some more ever since.

  11. I've really been a writer all my life but I guess I started calling myself that in 1998. I went to college and majored in English and ever since any time someone asks me my occupation I say "writer." There's just no other thing that better describes me.

  12. Well done on catching your dream and following its path.

    I wrote short stories and poems for years. The one year ago, I decided on a novel. I have all day to myself as and when I want to write, I am lucky.

  13. DL- LOL! I am going to have to hunt down that post-- it sounds interesting!

    Shannon- Aww that's sweet =) I think family inspired/pushed a lot of us to follow our dreams

    Anne- Oh no! I have nightmares about stuff like that, so I always backup my stuff (about once every two weeks). Woohoo! I hope it turns into a full =)

    Michelle- Aww! I think you took it seriously when you went out and self published. That takes a lot of guts =) I think a lot of writers have this problem. I know I drive my parents and my boyfriend insane when I get in my "I'm not a writer" or the "I suck" moods, LOL!

    Karen- Yeah, Im the same way. I wrote tons in high school, just for fun. In college, I'm taking it more seriously.

    Summer- LOL! You're cute. I've always been a writer, but I didnt think I could be published until last April.

    Tina- I have never met a writer who didn't always love writing. I think it's something you're born with.

    Amber- LOL! That doesnt answer my question, sweets! Everyone here loves writing! When did you start to think you could write AND be published?

    Ellen- Aww that's cute =) A good way to remember it too. Was there a reason you started that day?

    B.E.- =) That's cute! Im glad he's supportive of your dreams!

    E.Elle- Yeah, thats sort of the same with me. Im majoring in English (minoring in history), so that's sort of who I am. I've always been a writer... I'm just now thinking I can publish, LOL!

    Glynis- Thank you! You too! You are lucky! I cant wait until I have all day to write!


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