Saturday, November 16, 2013

What is writing all about anyway?

When I was a kid, writing meant an hour in English class learning the most boring subject known to man-kind, grammar. In my mind, I could think of a million better things to do with my time than study how little dashes or dots can change the flow of a sentence.
Little did I know, all those dashes and dots would become important to me. 
During my junior year in high school, my English teacher gave us an assignment to write a short story. Deciding to write mine about a girl who gets abducted by creatures and taken underground, my short story became a longer story and longer still.
I turned in the first few chapters to my teacher and kept writing the rest for my personal entertainment.
This would be the spark that would change history as we know it...ok, maybe that was a little dramatic, but it did change the way I looked at writing.
Not to say that I'm a professional now, no way! I'm still learning. However, I do wish that I would have listened in class when we were learning about grammar, because I had to learn all those rules all over again (which was a pain).
That short story became a full fledged book and I'm proud to announce that it was published this month!
Since high school, I've written 5 books and have two of them published. 
If you would have told me when I was a kid that I would be looking into writing as a career, I would have rolled my eyes at you, claiming I barely knew how to spell.
That may have been true at the time, but now that I write, I look at the world in a whole new light.
Inspiration lies behind every corner. 
There is no better feeling than creating your own world where you can manipulate your characters to live out different situations such as: fall in love, fight in a war, become afraid, enjoy themselves, lose themselves and find themselves.
If you've never tried your hand at writing, I will give you the same homework that started me down this path, write a short story. I doesn't have to be long. Try writing three pages, just three and see where that leads you.
If you accept this challenge, I would love to hear about it. Comment below and tell me your ideas!

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