Time for my monthly posting of Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The first one of the new decade (spare me the controversy–2020 is too cool, 2021 is not). If you haven’t already clicked the image above and soared between insecure blogs, now is the time. While you’re there, check out the new anthology cover. It’s cool!
The optional question this month is – 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?
Writing for me had always been in spurts that fizzled because of life and the intermittent nature of my dabbling until about ten years ago. I was going through a very reflective time and was in a new house. Part of being in that house was exploring the neighborhood, which I did through walks, the other part was painting. I do all the painting in our family because my husband can’t stand the smell of paint. My walking and painting began at the end of May (because was a teacher and off for the summer). This meant the walks and painting could occupy huge chunks of time.
The reflective side of my life at that time began to simmer in those huge chunks of alone time, swirling as I was completely engrossed in my tasks. The first thing to shake loose was character who appeared as I walked–a little girl. I started thinking about her nonstop–what her life was like, what led to the image of her I was imagining, and a constellation of other aspects of what I later realized was story.
With the little girl character taking up greater and greater parts of my brain, I began to paint. In the background while I paint, I often play movies and TV shows. One of the evenings as I was starting our front room, an interview with J.K. Rowling came on. Something about that interview stirred the swirling story about my little girl. The next day I decided to begin searching for writing resources. And, bam! I came across an online writing’s group. My journey began with the supportive group of writers I found, and from then on, my interest and stories keep blooming.
Now, I’ve finished dozens of short stories, poems, and two novels. I’m in the querying trenches with both novels while I work on my third. All because of a little walking and painting.
Time for some news.
This first story shows one option for school fundraisers. I hope the team makes the Guinness world record book.
Regardless of the anti-climatic reason for the effect, he has the video to whip out at parties.
And in science news, “ET phone home.” Check it out!
That’ll do it for me this week. See you in seven!