It's time for another of Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group hops. It's normally every 1st Wednesday of the month, but due to this month's 1st Wednesday falling on New Year's Day it's been pushed to the 8th. Time to reveal ourselves to one another.
January 8 question - What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just "know" suddenly you wanted to write?
The awesome co-hosts for the January 8 posting of the IWSG are T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!
1. The need to communicate. I grew up military and moved around a lot. When I wasn't playing sports my nose was in a book. The culture shock moving to new environments made me feel pathologically misunderstood. I remedied this through writing.
I was good at it because I wanted to explain myself so badly. Even if it was only for my family or the classroom I always wrote to an audience. To this day it makes me feel like a weight cutting off my ability to speak has been lifted off my chest.
2. Controlling my world and telling a story by proxy. They say there's more truth in fiction than fact. Autobiographies are guarded. We reveal our true selves through avatars.
3. The ability to get a reaction. The first piece I wrote was a one act play during Easter when I was 7. I loved performing for my large family. My grama kept the hot pink construction paper manuscript and I found it after she passed. The play mostly consists of blocked out story board drawings.
In grama's living room my cousin and I walked back and forth pretending to have found a baby wrapped in a towel on the beach. We were looking for it's family. At the end, I announced we no longer had to keep looking because the baby was dead. I allowed it to unceremoniously roll out of the towel and onto the floor. It was Easter, and I didn't understand the resurrection story well. Everyone looked shocked as my tipsy uncle clapped loudly. Taking our bows I felt drunk with power.
What started you on your writing journey? I always return comments unless I've been abducted by aliens or a house falls on me. Happy IWSG!