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What Makes Me Think I Can Write?

Updated on September 2, 2012
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This is a good question for me. I went to bed last night and lay there thinking and wondering "what makes me think that I can indeed write?" I have to confess that this was spurred on by a comment on one of my hubs, and like most things I worried it to death because as mentioned in another hub, I can be just a tad obsessive.

My Credits

So lets look at this history of writing that I have. Actually, there is no history! I had reached my mid years - I don't want to say twilight years, because I am a little distance from that yet, but as I said I had reached my mid years with never ever writing "anything". In school I was never a grade "A" student. In fact I struggled to find my niche; never being any good at history, geography and/or science. And mathematics - well forget that! When I would look at the board at all the algebra equations, or geometry symbols that the teacher would put on there, it was a like a foreign language was going through my head. I was ashamed of this, but never spoke up, just plodding my way along and making things by the skin of my teeth. Eventually I found what I thought was my niche and went into a course that would give me what I needed to work in an office environment. I eventually made a pretty good career out of this being Executive Secretary to life insurance agents, and then eventually to the top dog Branch Manager, whom I will hasten to add that I eventually married.

It took me a few years, but what I began to realize was that I am a visual learner. You cannot tell me something and expect me to draw it in, get it, and remember it. This may be a slight exaggeration, but I am just trying to make a point here. The first time I traveled to Florida I got it that this was the Atlantic Ocean and the first time that I traveled to California I got it that this was the Pacific Ocean. And Oh My God what I learned when I eventually traveled to Europe. I had so many aha moments as things that I had read in school came back to me. I quite got to enjoy Geography very much!! : ) Science may still be another matter - and forget Mathematics. I do know my weak points after all and will not deviate from how I feel. My husband once said to me, he being an avid bridge player, "you should learn to play bridge". My reply: "Don't even go there".

The World of Genealogy Opens Me Up

About 10 years ago I started to get a huge interest in finding out who my ancestors were. This was really because I knew nothing about my father's family in Italy. Strangely enough it took me a while to open up that end of things, because he had been gone since 1967 when he passed away, and we had no connection with his sister's family in Toronto any longer, the end result of he and mom separating a few years before.

But I started getting some information on my mother's family - her mom and dad's who had come from italy, some of it coming from a family tree that one of my cousins had. I was off to a start. I started doing research. I will hasten to add too that just a few years before this my husband and I had finally come out of the dark ages and got a computer. Thus the world opened up in a very very huge way. He would do stock market stuff and play bridge on line with folks all over the world (leaving me out of it thank God) and I would research first my family and then eventually his.

So I plodded along for about a little over a year on this Genealogy stuff, eventually meeting a long lost cousin who led me to another fellow in the States who had created a website for the home town in Italy and a sister town in Pensylvannia- to discuss everything and anything about these two places that our ancestors had in common. Eventually he added another networking site that we all joined and this site gave each of us a space of our own to post photos and meet new people. Shortly after I joined he mentioned that there was a place to Blog.



Blog - another question mark. What the heck is that? I had never heard this before. Well maybe I had heard the word, but I had no idea what it was and what did I do with it? I kind of cast a sideways glance at it for a few weeks, entertaining myself by posting photos, making albumns and getting messages from other people on the site. Meanwhile, the owner and moderator of the site off and on would suggest I try it. So I ventured there one day and wrote my first little blog-story, and I was truly amazed when he came back on with a comment that he felt very much that I had a "knack" for this type of thing. He suggested that I keep going, and so I did. Little by little I added little things about my family. Then one day I decided to "blog" about my very first Italy trip that my aunt had taken my sister and I on. I did it in parts - as you do with a blog, and each one got a very nice comment from him and also from others on the site.

Then one day he said to me - you have drawn me in now, how about showing me some photos. It is great that you have painted such a nice picture of what you saw, but I'd like to see it too. Bingo!! And I was off - I was hooked so to speak on blogging!! This fellow had at one time been a writer for the Wahsington Star so I took everything he said seriously, and I believe he was the start of my "writing". Unfortunately he shut the site down because of some problems, but also because they were starting to charge fees and he didn't want to go there. But he wrote me first and told me to make sure that I had copied each and every blog from my space on his site over to files of my own. He didn't want me to lose any of them. Indeed I already had double copies so I was OK. He then opened a page on Facebook for our town in Italy, but it is not the same as the last space - so for a while my blogging and/or writing stopped.


What Have I Learned

As I have already said I believe that I have learned that I am "visual". I have to see things to be able to remember it. I have also learned that experiencing something is for me one of the best ways for me not only to remember, but to put down my thoughts about it. Through these last years my husband and I have gone on trips, and I have come home and written about our experiences - rather blogged about it.

And then a very huge thing happened in my life when I lost my husband. I was wallowing around in a sea of grief, when after one month of this I said to myself "you have blogged about relatives, why not do a nice blog about Craig". And that's exactly what I did. Then another morning I got up and decided to start writing letters to him to get my feelings and emotions out. I did this every day for months on end, "Dear Craigie"; then it became maybe every other day and then a couple of times a week.

One day someone on a spritual group suggested to me that I should write a book about all of the experiences that I'd had since Craig passed, telling me that he is still around. This could help other people, was the suggestion. Me, write a book?? Are you kidding? I thought about it off and on for about six months and then in March of this year I went in search of self-publishing companies, found one that looked good in Victoria, B.C. looked around for a bit on their site and then downloaded the Author's Guide, not really thinking that I would use it.

And then one night while I was sitting at the computer "writing" on my story the phone rang and it was a representative from the publishing company wanting to know if I had any questions. I told him that "no" at this point I had none. I also told him that as a matter of fact I was sitting at the computer right at that moment writing my story, but I hastened to add that I didn't know if I was going to publish it. My thought was that maybe I would just print it out and put it in my memory box for our grandkids to find some day, after I am gone. And I sincerely meant that. He suggested that if I got serious I should remember that the process from start to finish with them would take about six months. I thanked him and got off the phone, wondering!!

I carried on in the next days and weeks, and the more I wrote, the more excited I became. And then one day I decided "yes, I want to do this". The next hard part was parting with my money - : ). But here I am, and I have dared to wonder if I can write; and I have answered "why not"?


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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you jimagine for visiting, reading and commenting. I think now I will go through this hub and so some editing. I am glad you visited, because it made me read it again and I see things that need to be changed. I guess thats part of what Hubpages is about. : )

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      jimagain 5 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      Great question. Everyone that writes should ask themselves that form time to time. Enjoyed!

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Aw -thanks so very much CrisSp. I appreciate your support and encouragement so very much.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Cheers to your courage in creativity craiglyn. This hub is certain to inspire other writers out there who are still in the hiding or yet to discover themselves.

      I look forward to reading more of your inspirational and useful stories. Voted up and away and sharing.

      Love from the Sky~

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much Cloud Explorer. I sincerely appreciate your comments and also your tips. I have used imagery in other posts I just have 11 so far, but for some reason I thought to keep this one simple. I understand now that this is not a "good idea" so I do appreciate tips from someone who is experienced. I am learning to tweak too as I go along, so I am going to take your advice, edit this and get some images to go along with it. Right now I am working on a very big hub - about my first 9 day tour to Italy (Rome to Venice and back) ; there will be lots of photos and videos on that one, so maybe tune back in. When done with that one I will tweak this one. Thanks once again.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Sorry for your loss Craiglyn, your husband must of been a good loving man, who truly cared for you, maybe someday I can read more about him.

      I like your story here about blogging, and learning about your becoming a writer and all. It is tough if many subjects in school haven't attracted you much, and as you said in your hub forget about all them math symbols LOL.

      I actually loved school myself, I mastered mathematics, physics, and chemistry, but those subjects made it hard for me to be a writer, they actually stole from my true writers voice in the end.

      I'm so glad I don't have to write another formula again, and so yeah I get your drift on that part of things, I did it to try and become a Civil Engineer, and that failed miserably as well as I dropped out of college in my senior year, but so did Mark Zuckerberg & the late Apple genius himself Steve Jobs.

      I think as long as a person believes in what they can do by acting on it all, they will eventually begin to take off, and fly, that's no matter what aspect of life they try and attempt to master pretty much. I did it with skateboarding, basketball, electronics, web design, and even computer tech stuff.

      I love this hub you have here, just try to do a bit of editing, and maybe add some cool imagery, and walla! this one would be a true winner indeed with the hubpages community & beyond (on them search engines & social networks). "That's my tip for ya Craiglyn as one fellow hubber to the next"

      All of my hubs start out unedited, and I do it on purpose though, so I can try to master them all.

      Once again welcome to hubpages, & I know you will do extremely well here, and the way I can tell such a thing is because you know how to write, and you truly have super hubbing potential for sure.

      "Oh another tip, I tend to follow hubbers who have 95-100 hubber scores, and especially those who maintain it, they have all the secrets to hubbing, but I will follow some other's who have serious potential as well, its one secret I only let you know here & not any other place"

      Good Luck!

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks once again whonunuwho. I always felt slightly inadequate during my school years, but in the end I believe I found my own comfort zone. And in the end confidence is the name of the game. I'm getting there.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Yes, we are visual in our learning styles are we may have to hear facts that we may retain, The combining of seeing, hearing, movement involved in our learning all greatly influences what we retain in its best presentations. We all learn differently and on on our own schedules as I found in the early years and later became a teacher who taught the best ways for those in need to learn and attain goals that they sought. We each are a store house, a treasure trove of our own skills and abilities that we have stored within our spirits, and draw upon in our daily needs. Thank you for sharing your life with us and those who may receive a reassurance, that we are all walking the same road of life, and have the same needs and struggles.