When Did You Know?

Here’s a question that was asked at the Brave on the Page launch event and one which I assume is relevant to many of my readers here:

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

My answer actually comes in two parts.

I knew I wanted to be a writer a long time ago. I have loved reading ever since my parents sat on my head to make me read when I was seven, and I have always had a keen sense of invention. I would say that that translated into a conscious desire to write when I was fifteen or so. I remember mentioning it to my father’s parents at some point in my late teens – that’s the first time I recall telling anyone that was something I wanted to do.

The problem was always that I didn’t know how, and in fact I didn’t even really know how to find out how. The reaction I got from my grandparents was “That’s a lot of work, you know.”

I knew that I could become a writer when I started writing serialised stories for my co-workers at my first job. The thing is that at that point I had already been writing for some time, since I had been programming and writing roleplaying scenarios for years – I just didn’t connect those activities to writing per se¬†as I do now. At that time I felt like I had done so much reading that my brain had filled up with ideas and it was time to start pouring them onto the page.

It was during that time that I seriously started working on novels, too, although nothing I have from time has ever been completed.

I am still not sure I know how, though – my skills extend to generating enormous amounts of words and copy editing. Getting a sprawling manuscript into a state approximating finished is something I struggle with mightily.

So, how about you? When did you know?

One Reply to “When Did You Know?”

  1. Ian says:

    I have always written stories, back to some terrible ones in grade school that still live in the dark of my closet to this very day. I never really considered writing novels until last year’s NaNoWriMo. I generally have far too short an attention span for the novel format. I always wrote stories in one, or at the outside, two sessions. I was definitely born a short story writer. In the past year after my first NaNo, I largely returned to that form, writing a ton of short stories rather than concentrating on any one project for very long. This year, I’m back for another try at novels, albeit outside of the NaNo boundaries both in time and length.

    TL;DR: Always been a writer; just starting to try my hand at novels.

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