I actually started writing as therapy a few years ago. It was a councilor who suggested that I sit down and write everything out. I did a lot of writing in a notebook. I filled it in no time and started another. It was my first journal. When I talked to her later she suggested that I might actually have some real talent. That is also when I started to take art lessons.
It was quite some time later when I started taking writing courses and getting some of my characters out of my head onto paper. Some of the things I wrote in those days were very rough but there was some potential there. I had many stops and starts. For years I wrote out my thoughts in a journal which might one day be used in stories.
There are times when I think that I was meant to write at this stage in my life. Some of my ideas come from dreams that I have had in the early morning hours. I have had to have a notebook handy beside my bed and in other parts of the house so that I can write these ideas down before I loose them completely.
I think that inspiration is all around us. We just have to be receptive to what we hear and see. Sometimes stories are in our subconscious waiting to get out. I have found that my best ideas practically write themselves with a little bit of organization and planning. Once I get to know my characters they talk to me continually when I am in the writing process.
I don’t know if I was born to write or not. I always have had an over active imagination which I almost lost at one time. When I started to write things down I found that I was able to start dreaming about stories again. For some reason or other things happening around me where blocking the channels. I find that if I am worrying about other things those channels close up. I have learned to relax and listen to what my subconscious is trying to tell me.
A lot of people seem to know early on in childhood what they want to do when they grow up. I had no such vision. I really didn’t have what a lot of people call a calling or life mission. I never seemed to have any great ambition. At the time I only wanted to get married and have a family and I did. That unfortunately never lasted. I am now retired and have time to devote to my writing and art. Writing is a lot of hard work but I have found that I enjoy it. Thankfully I am learning to get out of my own way and listen to what my subconscious is telling me. Maybe I was meant to write at this time of my life.
It has always been easier for me to write things down than to say them out loud.
When I started to write my book the ideas came to me naturally. I was having my morning coffee when the idea popped into my head. I had to quickly start writing down some notes. I made a rough outline at first. From reading writing books and taking a writing course I started to learn how to get it down in book form. I felt like I knew my characters and that they were telling me how the story should go. My book is now at Ashworth College and the instructor is reading it. I am waiting anxiously for their reply. I will then find out what works and what doesn’t. It was hard sending my baby out into the world. It might need a few more revisions yet but it is getting closer.