When did you first become aware that you were a writer? Was it circumstantial, or did you always know?
For me, I remember as a child writing little stories and drawing the characters. I would show it to my parents so proud of myself.
I did not pursue it though until I wrote my memoirs from my other life in Tonga (we lived there for 13 years). I really enjoyed that.
7th grade. Writing took me away from the reality I was living.
When my hands became comfortable with my big nose shading them as it hovers in spite of wind, rain, snow and even pollen!
I used to write all the time when I was a kid living in a small country village. Embarassingly, I had a poem entered by my English teacher into the Queens' jubilee competition and it won and was sent to the queen. Made me look like a right swat and I stopped writing for years. Only took it up again when I had the kids and absolutely no time on my hands.
I'm not a writer - well, not a proper writer
I just chat on a paper...
People have always told me I should write a book, but I can only write about things that happen to me, or things that I've done, or experienced - I can't seem to write fiction.
The first thing I can remember writing was when I was at school, aged about 5 or 6. My Dad, who was policeman, had jumped into the sea in February, in the snow, to save a man from drowning and I had written about it. The teacher put my 'story' on the wall and I was really excited about it!
I dictated stories to my mother before I could even write my alphabet. I spent a lot of my childhood writing the first halves of about 50 novels, then switched to poetry in my teenage years, then freelance (nonfiction) writing as an adult. I hardly have time to write even a stray hub anymore, and I do miss it terribly.
Mine came as a child. I had such an imagination that I had to write it down. The older I got, the more my writing improved - and now I get paid to write
I've always known I would be a writer, but lacked support from my family from the first time I mentioned it when I was about 8. (a waste of time, a waste of paper, no future, wanna starve? wanna be unemployed your whole life?)
I kept the dream hidden inside me, knowing one day I would begin to write seriously.
amazing for you.
They can kill the dreamer but they can never kill the dream
I'm so happy your writing your dream.
Way to Go
Very inspiring, thank you.
I only began experimenting with writing about three years ago. Lots of fun and more money than I expected to make from it, though! Still have a lot to learn!
I began writing and telling stories when i was a child of 4 and always had to annoy my mum and dad with them, I suppose as i got older the feelings for writing got stronger and in the end here i am lol
I was in sixth grade. I wrote a short story for English class. My teacher, once it was done, submitted it to an amateur writers contest. He didn't tell me about it at the time, but when it won second place, I was thrilled.
He told me this, "Whatever you write, no matter how good or how bad it is, it is a masterpiece because it comes from the heart."
Ever since, I've been a writer.
I had always written song lyrics and poems from the time I was 13. I didn't seriously get into writing until my 30s.
I was really young when I realized I might end up getting into writing.
I was sort of re-writing nursery rhyme/kids' tales by the time I was in grade two (so my family has told me). I don't remember all of the things going on when I was that young, but do remember I was upset with the Humpty Dumpty story and wrote that he didn't fall off the wall - and another version where a very good doctor from Sweden (don't ask where I got that idea lol) DID put him back together again...happily ever after and all that stuff.
Pretty soon, however, I found out about the "bigger kids'" section of the library. I might have been a good children's book author if I hadn't found that bigger person's library section lol Now it's all spook stories for me
I was published in "young authors" in elementary school and have been hooked ever since. I use to read R.L. Stein books in middle school and made my own creepy, pre-teen novels. I was and am still mesmerized with the power of the written word. Journaling is like an addiction - a way to free my mind of all the incessant thoughts that obscure the ability to focus on necessary tasks- like work:) I can write far better than I can speak - My mind seems to slow down and be much more thoughtful and witty when I write. When I try and speak, all the thoughts tend to jumble together and come out in one big mess at 90mph. Thank God for pen and paper:)
I hated writing in elementary, and quite frankly i sucked. Now im a lot better, but i still have work to do. Writing is awesome!!!!
I have yet to consider myself a writer. The stuff I do is such a simple thing to do, like they say, "So easy, even a cave man can do it." Though some would say other wise, which I guess I would say that I started back in 1998, when I was 13. I had many things happen in my life that writing seemed to relieve stress. It let me get things out on paper as if I just told the world what I was thinking even if I was the only one to read it.
When I was 6/7ish I started to write things down that I wanted to say, but never could (at least not effectively) because I would stutter horribly when I got excited or nervous (which was one of the two 90% of the time). When I was 9 I began adding to the story line of the soap opera's my mom would watch-by drawing scenes in chalk down the drive way and writing up dialog of each character for my sister & I to read to my mom & aunt (and I didn't stutter when reading it out loud, so it was encouraged). By high school wrote everything I thought about or wondered about and more importantly wrote everything I felt-which was a soothing outlet I needed to be able to comprehend my world-and I'm still writing today,
I'm not really sure I would consider myself a "writer" the way people who do a lot of creative writing do. When I was little I did the usual thing of making books, drawing pictures (of family members), and adding a few words; but they weren't really stories.
From the time I was really young through adolescence, my sister (older than I) and I get out our "Magic Slates" (the things you draw on with a stylus, lift the film, and start over) each Saturday morning. Together we'd "co-write" stories that were kind of soap-opera-like, from separate chairs across the room. She'd draw her scene. I'd draw mine. We'd talk about the story, and then draw a new scene. We loved that, and today we think it was kind of strange how we did it each and every Saturday morning (if we were home). That was thinking up stories, though, and it was more about drawing than writing.
Throughout childhood my thing was more reading than writing.
Here's the part I'm not too proud of (not that I'm proud of what I've already said ): In around fifth or sixth grade I discovered I could come up with great book reports without really reading the book. I knew just what to look for on the cover, how to skim, etc., and I learned that I had a knack for coming up with something that always got me an "A". It made book reports more challenging and fun.
Here's more that I'm not proud of: Throughout the secondary-school years I started to see that I could use writing to make up for a lot of other stuff I wasn't interested in doing in school. I could do quite a bit of goofing off but then come up with good essays and reports that meant I still got good grades. ("This writing thing is a great thing," I discovered.)
Something less shady happened, though, and that was my writing would get noticed. Teachers and relatives liked what I wrote (like essays), and my friends started to ask me to write things like letters for them (to try to get them job interviews, add to their college applications, etc.) (I know I'm back to the shady purposes of writing again, but as the "requestee" for these letters, I got a sense of having a little bit of skill with writing. Also, I started to discover the power of the written word.
So, I just kind of fell into being a person other people called "good at writing" and just kind of took it for granted that I had a little bit of a knack for it. It wasn't until I was grown up, and past my photography and illustration phase that I started to feel the urge to write (with the less "shady" motives most people who write do). Shady motives or not, one way or another, writing has just been something I've done since about fifth grade. To this day, I don't consider myself a "writer". I'm someone who writes for fun or profit, and I'm someone who will use writing to win an argument, win lawsuits, make points, share what I've learned, or win disputes with customer-service issues. I'm "so not" a writer, though. To me, writing because someone else hires me to write it is no different than a plumber fixing pipes; or an envelope-stuffer stuffing envelopes. People who don't write often see me as a "writer", but people who "really" write would see a big difference between themselves and me.
When I was in grade school I was told I structured sentences well and that my grammar was good. I created cartoons with names like "Marvin the Hippie" and "Dallas and the Dragon," that I wrote and drew and was allowed to put on the bulletin board at school. In junior high, I borrowed my older brother's typewriter and typed stories that I shared with friends in school.
I strayed from writing when I pursued art in college, but found myself writing training manuals and copy for various employers in the world of work. After awhile I decided I enjoyed writing what I wanted to write than writing training manuals, and considered myself a writer from that moment on.
I might write but im not a writer,
I might rhyme but im not a poet,
I was looking for something brighter,
So I was a Hubber and didn't know it.
It started when I was a child, I used to write notes and ideas all the time. Then when I grew up I realized there was nothing I would rather spend my time doing. It's a bit of a compulsion and takes over my life, but I would'nt want it anyother way.
When I asked my mom for a word processor that was half typewriter, and I started spewing out a bunch of short stories, I knew it was for me! I was like 8 or so.
I always liked to write shopping lists, but not spending all my money in a flash.
Also I've always written stories and been a part of my own comic book worlds for years...
i wrote an essay at school, i had just moved schools and was having a hard time, it was entitled "THE difference between two schools"... everyone went mad about it, and spoke about it's honesty etc etc. I did not get many red marks on my pages of a positive nature, so always remembered what he told me. I was a writer. My next essay was about how lazy i was, and scared of success. I am still lazy and scared of success, so hub pages suits me ..... no pressure. great question thanks
I am not a writer, I'm an interior designer. I started writing because my therapist suggested it might be beneficial for me. Write it down, read it, acknowledge it, toss it away, move on.
When one of my professors told me i could do well sharing my knowledge as a writer.
Teaching and sharing has been my passion always. I am not a writer, I only write to share information or teach something. So my sharing habits have made me a writer.
I've always known it in my bones that I wanted to be a writer - the one truth you know you can never deny about yourself. I still have a cupboard in my parent's house piled high with all the diaries, stories and poems I wrote. An insane obsession. Yes, I won the award for the best writer in our year in school, went onto becoming the editor of my college magazine, published in local magazines, but these laurels are no measure of any writer. You write because you have to; what follows afterwards is insignificant compared to that need - more basic and powerful than any other you know.
I have yet to realize that I am a writer, I just ramble with words-that's for sure
In My Past Life Filled With
Fine Etiquette , Wine , And
Constant Sarrow Of Death.
The Ink Is My Crayon
And I just Like To Coler.
Do We Not All Write
Isnt It In Are Nature
As A Hole.
Well Maybe Not.
I am not a writer. I am one that puts my feelings on paper and hope they make sense when I am finished.
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