DL Hammons, Katie Mills, Matthew McNish and the always awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this Origins blogfest. Otherwise I doubt I would have a post up today. The objective is to share the origins of how we became a writer.
Like many other writers out there, I was born to write. Creating stories at an early age came quite naturally. Even though they were all rather tragic, lots of death, a struggle to find true love, the arduous pursuit of happiness--you get the idea.
It wasn't until the sixth or seventh grade that my drive and motivation to turn my stories into a product where I could receive recognition first emerged. My school held a short story contest. All finalists would have their books displayed in a case at the entrance to the auditorium and the winner would receive a special prize.
Excitement hummed in my veins. My mind churned constantly with ideas for the perfect story. I poured my heart and soul into creating it. My teacher adored it and submitted it as a finalist, but alas I didn't win. I asked my teacher, who was a final judge, what did my story lack? Did the winner have a better plot, stronger characters?
Her answer: Absolutely nothing, in fact my story was better, but some of the judges would have preferred a happy ending. Also, all the judges were hooked by the winner's cover.
The cover?? Sure enough, in the display case the winning story did indeed have the best cover. The student had artistic skills I lacked, but packaging couldn't count for so much. Could it?
Next year I was more determined than ever. I wrote an even better story, with a sappy happy ending (yes, I was a sellout at an early age), a high concept plot (even though I didn't understand the term at the time), with a futuristic setting that would blow the judges away, but I didn't stop there. I had my aunt's boyfriend, a real artist, draw the cover for me. I described in detail exactly what I wanted it to look like, down to the color scheme. Guess who claimed first prize that year?
So I guess writing is in my blood, right along with the undeniable desire to be a successful published author.
Happy Valentine's to everyone! Remember the holiday is for those who are unattached as well. Celebrate the ones you love!