When and Why Did You Start Writing?

In conversations with other writers, I’ve recently noticed a large number of relatively new writers in their 40s, 50s, even 60s. I find it very interesting that a lot of folks come to this later in life, perhaps as a “I always wanted to write and it’s time” thing, perhaps something that started as the kids grew up. I wonder if there’s a point when we all seek something more creative in our lives, something for us, something fulfilling we didn’t have before? Do you have a day job? Why did you start writing?

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2 thoughts on “When and Why Did You Start Writing?

  1. Becka says:

    I loved the adventure in writing. I loved making up my own world and being the “goddess” of whatever happened. I loved the “permanence”, and I was always obsessed about putting my mark on the world.

    I was 7 when I was really bitten by the writing bug, back when I wrote and illustrated books between two sheets of colored construction paper.

    After that, I moved on to poetry and short stories. At age 12, I read my first romance and WOW did it open my eyes to sex, lol, but it also made me realize THAT is what I wanted to write.

    My world was falling down around me; my parents were divorcing and my sister was leaving for college. My father worked the swing shift at a casino (we lived in Nevada), so from the ages of 12 to 18, I was alone from the time I got home from school to the time I went to bed at night, because that was when my dad was working. So I wrote my stories to “stay sane” and to go on adventures and meet new people I knew I’d never meet in real life.

    Because I was so alone for so long, I’ve always been reclusive, and I still love writing stories. It takes me away from the monotony of cleaning toilets and making dinner and doing the dishes. I think I’d go insane if I didn’t have an outlet for my creativity.

    Before I started writing, I was really into crochet. I was still obsessed about “making my mark”, because things like books and afghans and drawings and such stick around long after you’re dead and gone.

    I guess I don’t want anyone to forget about me. **sniffle** 😛

    ~~Becka

  2. Myrddred says:

    I don’t know when I started writing. I know I received a few accolades in the sixth grade and it felt good. The when I was overseas in the late 60’s early 70’s, I wrote constantly to relieve the boredom/terror of the war.

    Eventually, I worked as a writer for a radio comedy program, but like my books, that came nowhere near to paying the bills. I was lucky enough to get a job as a copywriter in advertising…I left after the job became a deep dark hole sucking out any soul and creativity I thought I had. I suppose I should include all that in a book someday.

    I managed a couple of thousand words this weekend. Not good words, mind you. But they were better than nothing.

    Chuck

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