Were You Born to Write?

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Were You Born To Write?

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70-100% You were born to write.

50-69% You like to write.

30-49& You can take writing or leave it.

0-29% Writing is not for your perhaps you should take up painting.

Are You Born to Write?

This is a quintessential question of all writers. Are we born to write? The Greeks would say it is unnatural and perhaps it is. But I remember when I first wanted to be a write. I was in the 4th grade. I absolutely loved books. Being of English decent, I was exposed to both American Literature and English Literature. Then I learned other languages and then I experienced other culture literatures. So I loved to read. I think I was maybe 9 when I read the Bourne Identity and found out what the best sellers list was in the States. In the Summer I would read a book every couple of days. I read the book Misery by Stephen King in 4 hours.


My First Book

And as I grew so did my ambitions of being an author. I wrote my first full length fictional novel the summer of 1982. I wasn’t old enough to drive and was not in High School. There were only type writers back then. I hand wrote it first and then typed it. My parents were less then thrilled. They thought I was a dreamer who needed to come down to planet Earth. So the book got shoved into a drawer. I found it five years later and I was embarrassed about how badly the book was written. I realized then that as an author each year I would grow and loath my previous writings. I would only be happy with my next project and only as I wrote it. My work would be antiquated the minute it was complete.

Over the next several years I was continually discouraged from being a writer but I was allowed to enter writing contests as it might prove I was skilled as a writer. I won several contests and some prize money but mostly my work was published. Because there were limited contest I had to be able to write across genres which I did quite successfully.

And writing served me well in my academic pursuits although admittedly I always had someone to review my work as I am an exceptionally poor speller.

The Producer

By 1993 I was a college graduate and I had completed three children’s books. There is an impossibility of getting published when you don’t have an agent and usually agents will only take you on when you are published. Had won contests and was published so this wasn’t as much an obstacle for me as it was for other writers.

While I hadn’t managed to publish this particular children’s book series, Hollywood came calling about producing the books into children’s movies. But of course they didn’t just want to produce this book into a movie they also wanted me to do a whole bunch of work on projects that belonged to other writer. Actually I was being asked to rewrite other authors work without their consent and without having my books produced into movies. I felt an ethical challenge especially when the producer told me she was mentally ill. It became hard to differentiate whether she was telling me the truth or involving me in something less then wholesome. It had been a year and we had no signed formal papers so there was no deal.

Graduate School

I returned to finish my graduate degree at a State University. I had done considerable research and made advancements in my field of expertise so I was asked to finish my PHD at a State University. I also had the writing talent which many students didn’t have. So writing had always been my ticket to academic advancement. Within a month of being in graduate school I was approached by a publishing house from Texas that was backed by Oil. They wanted to publish my children’s series. I also had already converted it into television plays and I had written several screen plays I the interim. It was all but a done deal when the price of oil fell horrifically and my book was dropped. Amazing because the price of oil has been up the last decade and I have never heard from that publishing house again.

Writing Has Always Made Me Normal

Would it have been nice to have my children’s series published or my screen plays bought? Sure. It would have provided economic security for me and my son. We would have loved the book tours as well.

But writing has always given me a place to vent my feelings. Writing comforts me and is my therapy. It makes me peaceful in some of the most horrific times.

So I know writing is a part of my soul. And where I have not been embraced as a celebrate author I could not be anything but a writer. The question is whether I am a professional technical writer, a fictional writer, a screen play writer or a professional journal writer.

If I began publishing today I would have enough material to never have to write another thing in my life. Although, admittedly, I would still insist on writing new material. I was born to write and it is the one constant in my life.

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lyns 5 years ago from USA

Thanks for sharing this article some parts hit home, something about writing is so gentle but yet so strong it not only builds the ones that are reading your writings but it a therapeutic experience for the writer, not only do I love to write but I love to read, this article was very touching thank you so much for sharing.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi lyns,

I think all writers fall in love with reading and then become aspiring writers. When I read and I write I feel like I am getting back to being myself. And I love to read but I am on this adventure of writing right now so there is little time for reading. Although I made the exception with The Talented Mr. Ripley and Nine and Half Weeks when I did a comparative anaylsis between the books and the movies for the HubPages.

Thank you for reading this article, commenting and providing feedback. It is greatly appreciated because as therapeutic as writing is it is that much better when we have an audience to share our work with.

Thanks again.

JT


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Cousin Fudd 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

Great hub and I must agree with lyns, writing is a therapeutic experience for the writer. Putting thoughts into words allows us self expression and often is a reflection of our mood, intellect, and sometimes just to relieve pent up emotions we cannot keep bottled up, writing gives a release but sometimes may come back to haunt us or reward us for our effort.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Cousin Fudd,

I shall keep that in mind as I write but I write one side of any argument and anyone that knows me knows I write that way. Often I see many sides of any argumnet and can write all points of view but that is rather ocnfusing for the average reader so I try to keep it simple here on hubpages.

Writing is therapuetic I would agree but it is a way of life for me. There are those of us that just have extra to give in the world. And until I give that portion of myself I can't lead a normal life at all. So when I write it helps be less and I appreciate that but I would be lying if I didn't admit I would like to be paid for my work.

Thanks for reading, commeting and providing feedback. It is appreciated.

JT


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Enjoyed the hub and reading of your experiences. I also enjoyed taking the quiz, although it was all in fun...I already know I was born to write. :) Hope you are doing well.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Denise Handlon,

I am glad you enjoyed the quize as well but I knew you were orn to write also.

Better Denise but my son now has it so I am taking care of him.

Thanks for reading, commenting and providing feedback.

Cheers.

JT


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a great hub ,I know without a doubt that I was born to write.

I must vote this hub up up and away and here's to many mo0re gems to share on here.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thank Eddiwen,

It came from the heart and I appreciate you reading, comenting and providing feedbck.

JT


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Surely this must have been written purely from your heart!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi acaetnna,

Yes from the heart entirely.

Thanks for reading, commenting and prividing feedback.

JT


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viking305 5 years ago from Ireland

Thank you for sharing your experience of your writing career. I too am born to write, could never even imagine not writing every day!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Viking305,

It is an addiction but a good one. Thank you for reading, comenting and providing feedback.

JT


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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece

An insightful hub. Whether or not I was born to write I don't know. It's a form of escapism for me that I too find therapeutic.

PS. Your challenge seems to be going to plan. Well done!!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi debbie roberts,

Thank you for your insightful post. Actually I completed 120 hubs in 30 days. I was sick and am moving so that slowed me down a bit. I think writing is escapism for all of us as well as therapuetic. I started on Hubpages after I lost my Mom to Cancer. At the time I was so filled with grief I would have to make a list to remember things. Part of me died with my Mother and a new part of me was born on HubPages.

JT

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