MY PASSION FOR CREATIVE WRITING: Friends and Family Don't Get It
I’ve always had a thing for JOHN-BOY WALTON. You can call it a crush if you wish. But it isn’t the kind of crush where you get butterflies in your stomach hoping that this person likes you as much as you like them. Nope. My crush was because John-Boy, played by Richard Earl Thomas on the old CBS drama series The Walton’s, was an ASPIRING WRITER. John-Boy once said “I used to think I’d be married to my writing and books would be my children.” Then he got engaged to a beautiful editor. How convenient.
I’ve also been quite attracted to CLARK KENT. I could care less that he turned in to Superman and had fantastic powers of flight and speed, strength and endurance. I was intrigued with Clark Kent, the writer and columnist for the Daily Planet.
Then there’s JESSICA FLETCHER, the mystery writer on the TV series Murder, She Wrote. I’m attracted to her too!
More recently, I am infatuated with RICHARD CASTLE, a best-selling author of mystery fiction on the current ABC crime series Castle. And there are many other wonderful characters whose occupation as a writer/author has caught my attention.
MY PASSION FOR WRITING STEMS WAY BACK TO GRADE SCHOOL
It all started when I was very young, maybe 8 or 9 years old. I wrote a poem book titled “Love Is.” It covered all the letters of the alphabet. Love is Apples I munch in my lunch. Love is Brian my friend till the end. Love is Chrissy, one of my sisters who is prissy. And so on.
I still have my Love Is poem book although I’m not sure where it is at the moment ~ probably in the Junk Drawer. I am thankful to my Mother who saved all these wonderful mementos. I also received my creativity and passion for writing from her.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.
AM I a WRITER?
Wikipedia describes a writer as a person who produces literary content, including but not limited to stories, poetry, music and other literary art, advertising, procedures and books.
If this is true, then I am a writer. I’m a writer. I AM a writer. Whoooo hoooo!
Now this simple description does not delve into whether I’m a good writer vs. bad writer. We’ll just leave that topic for another hub. I am simply thrilled to say that I am a writer. I have a passion for writing and I write.
MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS ENTIRE PIECE CAME FROM SUNNIE DAY'S HUB TITLED Living in LA LA Land (no longer published on HubPages, moved to another site)
“Thank you Sunnie D. for your wonderful writing, encouragement and inspiration. You have become a dear friend. I am so glad we've crossed paths in LA LA Land.”
This magical place, LA LA Land as Sunnie calls it (HubPages to most of you), is where those who have a passion for writing can be themselves and find others with a similar enthusiasm. I stumbled upon LA LA Land almost two months ago while job searching. I was immediately intrigued. I read and learned, then wrote my first piece.
Back on February 22, I was extremely nervous. The publish now button was quite intimidating to me. But I did it, I published my first article, and continue to do so quite often. The support and feedback from others who understand my passion is incredible.
My Writing Bug
I have a passion for writing, it started years ago
I get the writing bug, and the words begin to flow.
This bug could appear anywhere, in the car or a beautician chair
If I don’t take care of it soon, it’ll cause me to pull out my hair.
I wish my friends and family, would understand my fate
And not look at me, as if some bad bug they ate.
I have this passion for writing, and feel at home in LA LA Land
Thank goodness I have found, at least one other buggy fan.
I THOUGHT YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS LITTLE UNKNOWN FACT . . .
My favorite word is INTRIGUE followed by the word BRAINSTORM.
WHAT DOES "MY PASSION FOR WRITING" FEEL LIKE
On and off throughout my life, I get the bug. The writing bug. I’ve never had a career as a writer. Although in my lengthy jobs as an administrative assistant and education program manager, I have been able to use my creativity to write brochures, proposals, website content, study guides, etc. At times when I was in a position where I had no creative outlet, I quickly became frustrated.
Journal: I wrote in a journal for many years. I have a huge box that contains about 30 green-lined steno note pads written on both sides of each page.
Poetry: I’ve written poetry as far back as I can remember. I have pages and pages that probably no one will ever see.
Magazine Articles: I’ve written articles and submitted them to magazines. I’ve had several published yet the stack of rejection letters is at the top of that box. Rejection is part of the game. I get that.
Fiction Novel: About 15 years ago, I got a bug to write a fiction novel. Any free time I had was put toward this new endeavor. I was obsessed. I bought a computer and I wrote for months and months. I worked so hard that I actually felt like this novel was getting close to being a finished draft. Then my life changed and this hard work sits in a box to this day.
Comic Strip: I was a member of the initial start up team back in 2002-2003 for the comic strip Flo & Friends. I wrote hundreds of comic strips with some of my works being published.
I’ve been hit by the writing bug on many occasions when I am driving in my car. I simply put a piece of paper on the steering wheel and write as the car continues to move.
I’ll get a creative idea and can’t quickly find any paper. So I use a napkin or an envelope or even the palm of my hand.
I keep a pen and paper in my nightstand so I am prepared if the bug creeps up in the middle of the night.
I’ve written many lists over the years titled “writing ideas.”
I’ve begun to share my writing on HubPages.com
I’ve lost many hours of sleep because my right brain, the creative side, just won’t stop.
I've listed some of my experiences above to show others that may not understand ~ what my passion for writing looks and feels like.
WE ARE ALL APPRENTICES IN A CRAFT WHERE NO ONE EVER BECOMES A MASTER. Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American writer.
The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties. W. Somersett Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.
Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public. Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.
After all, most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I’d say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you’re walking or shaving or playing a game, or whatever, or even talking to someone you’re not vitally interested in. Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT MY FAMILY and FRIENDS DO NOT UNDERSTAND MY PASSION FOR WRITING
- After I published my first six hubs, I printed each one and handed them to my Father. I wanted to share with him why I am on the computer so much and to prove to him it was not because I was playing on-line poker. He read part of one piece and gave the stack back.
- Then there's my partner who was initially excited for me and does encourage me to write. But two months have passed and I would have appreciated a comment here and there about specific pieces of my work. It simply hasn't happened.
- I wait until after I post maybe four hubs, then I send out an email. It goes out to all those who know me and I think would be interested. I tell them how to sign up on HubPages.com and comment. I ask for their feedback letting them know how important it is to me. The only thing I have received is a "like" clicked on my Facebook link a few times.
- My one sister has sent me a couple emails about some of my work, especially my hubs about our Mom and Grandma. My other sister rarely goes on the computer although I’ve mentioned to her on many occasions that I would appreciate if she checked out my work.
I am realizing now that most of the important people in my life just don’t get my passion for writing. I have to accept that. They may look at this differently if I was making lots of money with my passion. I wish I did. Maybe I will.
Without all the wonderful writers here on HubPages and the support that I have received, I would have quit before I really began. I am truly thankful that I found new friends that get it.
Thank you for reading ~ Sharyn's Slant