When I Decided to Become A Writer

Over at Kill Zone, James Scott Bell asks the above question.   I like James Scott Bell because his writing advice tries to accommodate all writers, not just ones who write a particular way.  Here’s what he asks:

So when did you decide to become a writer? Was it a specific moment? A particular influence? And what did it feel like when you started on your quest?

I was eight and it was fourth grade.  My best friend Rebekah was writing a class play, and I wanted to do it because she was doing it.  So I decided I wanted to write a novel.  My parents suggested I do short stories, so I started writing mystery stories with a girl detective like Nancy Drew.  I even illustrated them, and part of the fun of them was socializing with the other kids over them. Some of the other kids also drew pictures for them.  I remember one story had its own story behind it — a series of disasters like getting dropped into a puddle.  That one had three different kids illustrate it!

When did you decide to become a writer?  Tell me in the comments.

2 thoughts on “When I Decided to Become A Writer

  1. I can’t remember when I didn’t want to be a writer, but it was always in a head-in-the-clouds, someday in a land far far away sort of way. I knew I really wanted to be a writer halfway through college, when I wrote complete short stories instead of doing my homework.

    I was fortunate enough to marry a man who was happy to have me stay home and write. That first year, pre-children, was invaluable. I found great writing resources online, joined a critting workshop, met other hard-working writers, and wrote my first book (with a little help from NaNoWriMo). Can’t imagine working at anything else besides this (unless it was in a library or bookshop!).


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