Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG - Writing as a compulsion. Blessing or curse?

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I started writing the moment I knew what writing was. When I was seven years old I wrote my first play. My cousin and I performed it for our large family during holiday. It was a one act skit about finding a baby on the beach and looking for its family. The performance climaxed with my announcing the baby was dead and dropping my baby doll to the floor. While our family was shocked, one drunk uncle clapped as my cousin and I bowed. My parents were convinced I was either brilliant, or deeply disturbed and in need of therapy.

Since then I've spent my time working in bookstores, or attending my idol's author signings asking for advice as a way of feeling less weird and isolated in my compulsive writing.

Ian Ranking - "Don't do too much research."

Bugging my heroes without the risk of getting slapped with a restraining order or arrested gave me (and has given me) the confidence to keep going.

Writing is about failure and the ability to take bad news on the chin. What do you do to dig down deep when it all seems pointless? 


  1. Very cool you wrote that first play at 7. Happy IWSG.

  2. You wrote your first piece at 7! Wow! I wrote my first piece when I was over 40, and got my first publication at 51. All the years before I tried to figure out why I was different, why I made up stories and heroes in my head, and they were closer to me than some members of my own family. I just never knew I could write my stories down and call myself a writer, ... until I did. I guess it is never too late.

    1. Ha! Yeah, it was on construction paper in blocked out in a story bored. Very little verbage. Soon after I would staple illustrated "books" together. My favorites are, My Brouther Sean (I was also the editor) and The Witch In The Woods. I still have them. I should do a blog post on them.

      Thanks again for co-hosting!

    2. Olga - Even though I attempted early I'm a late bloomer, too. I wrote a lot of bad stuff before I got to anything decent. Even now I'm still not sure!

  3. I think the only thing that really keeps me going is that writing feels good and not writing turns me into a cranky wretch.