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Feb 24

Wednesday Blogging: Why I Write

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This week’s topic is “Why I Write.” I thought this was going to be an easy topic, but putting it into words isn’t that simple. I’ve been writing since I was seven, and didn’t really understand what I was doing. I thought everyone wrote stories in their heads or told their brothers made up fairytales to send them off to dream land.

I’ve always had voices in my head. Or snippets of scenes that play out like movies on a constant loop until the scene is right. Or as right as I can make it in my mind.

Apparently, I’m a natural-born storyteller. Who knew?

My mom still has a story I wrote in third grade or therabouts (I can’t remember and I don’t know that I had the presence of mind to actually write a date on something I was likely certain would be tossed in the trash at some point) called “Geromio and Snottiet” which is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet. Though, I didn’t really understand the R+J story, so God only knows how much of the actual plot is there.

She also has a short story I wrote in third grade when we lived in Orange, Texas. I had a best friend named Hammond and the biggest crush on the cute boy in class, Jonathan. So, I wrote a story about Farmer Hammond and Husband Jonathan (he had a title, but I can’t remember what it was now) and Wife Paige.

Subtlety was totally my strong suit.

The point is, I’ve pretty much always had something to say about something. I remember telling stories about Joe McIntyre when I was seven years old, before I knew there was a whole lot more fun stuff to do than just hold hands. There’s also X-Box and go karts! (those are still things, right? My kid is into books and laptops and playing pretend–”pretend you did this, and then pretend I did that” so I’m a little out of the loop)

So, I guess the reason I write is because I have to. And that sounds weird, but all those scenes in my head? Won’t go away until I get them down on paper. Or in a Word Doc, or in a voice recording on my phone. Whatever the case may be. We live in a digital age, and I’m all for using every available resource in order to make the voices shut up.

Yes, I’m one of those writers. My characters talk to me. They lead the story and tell me which way it needs to go. Mostly by being a bag of dicks and taking over and just having me along for the ride so I can write everything down.

I write because I’d go crazy if I didn’t.

Want to see why my blog sisters write? Click the links below.

Jessica || Bronwyn || Kris || Gwen || Kellie

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  1. Bronwyn Green

    It’s so cute – you and Gwen said almost exactly the same thing. :)

    That’s awesome that you still have some of those first stories. :)

  2. Jessica De La Rosa

    I like that your mom kept your stories. That’s such a mom thing to do and very adorable.

  3. Kris Norris

    Oh, moms and being pack rats. And yup, those voices and stories in our heads. They are insistent.

  4. Gwen Cease

    Yes!! Another person with movies in her head. Yay!!! The incessant talking often keeps me awake and that’s why I have insomnia. And now that I write, they argue about who’s story is first and why aren’t I working on their story and why don’t I hurry up. *sigh* Reason number whatever why I don’t have kids since I have a whole village in my head. :-)

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