My Curious Start to Writing Fiction – What’s Your Story?

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When did you start writing creatively? What inspired you? What was your first story about? Was it a short story, a children’s picture book, or a novel? I believe every writer has an interesting story about how his/her writing journey began.

Some began journaling at a very early age, and their journal entries eventually became a short story, a novella, or even a novel.

A few authors who have visited our writer’s group meetings say they started writing stories when they were in the second or third grade. Wow! Can you believe that? I could barely write a comprehensive sentence at that grade level. lol

I believe Stephen King started writing stories around that age. He published his first short story “The Glass Floor” while he was still in college.

Like Stephen King, some writers’ first stories were a sequel to a favorite childhood book containing their favorite characters or a parent’s favorite television show.

My writing journey is probably different than most. I didn’t start writing creatively at an early age. In fact, I had already started receiving invitations to join AARP. Ha-ha! I kid you not!

I was sitting at my desk at work looking over my Thrift Savings Plan, the government’s version of an IRA, when I realized I could retire in four years. I was 51 at the time. That jolt to my central nervous system was exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. I could retire, but what would I do with ALL of that free time?

I didn’t have an answer, so I did what came very natural to me. I started praying about it. That was in 2009. A year later, I was attending a Cybersecurity conference and I began thinking about how fast technology was evolving.

I suddenly had an idea about a new technology that hadn’t been invented yet. And then I asked myself, “What if someone saw a murder through this new technology?”

And just like that my first novel, Elysian Escape was born. I went to my class that afternoon and wrote the first chapter. It later became the fourth chapter, however I continued writing whenever I got any free time, and I finished the manuscript two years later in 2012.

I’m pursuing traditional publication of Elysian Escape and working on my second novel. I also just finished my first short story this month entitled, The Top Hat and the Feather Boa, which I submitted into a short story contest. Yay! Wish me luck! 🙂

And even though I started writing very late in life and often feel that I’m behind the eight ball, I feel blessed to be doing something so incredible! Also the writing community, which I’m proud to be a part of, is filled with talented writers who are supportive and eager to help fellow writers become successful.

So what about you? I’d love to know how your writing journey began. Will you drop me a line and tell me about it?

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Catherine

4 thoughts on “My Curious Start to Writing Fiction – What’s Your Story?

  1. I remember writing stories in the second and third grade…I recall the stories would began as “once upon a time” 😂…it was one of my favorite things to do in school….later in middle school I was recognized for a story I wrote about “Blacks and Whites together” it was framed and displayed in the schools library…that recognition led my interest in journalism….although I didn’t pursue a career in journalism, I have journals that date back many years and I continue to write. 😊

    C. Maggie Rollins

    • Wow! That’s impressive, Maggie! A story framed and on display. I’d say that counts as being a published author. 🙂 ALL the stories from long ago started with “Once Up On a Time! LOL Do you still have any of those stories or journals? Ever thought about turning them into short stories for publication? Thanks for sharing your beginning as a very young story writer, Maggie! 🙂

  2. I started writing in 2012 after considering my options for retired life. I outlined and then wrote a spy thriller, which has been through multiple rewrites. Although I’ve deferred my retirement plans, I’m pressing on to develop my writing skills. I was also concerned that I was far behind the power curve having started when I was 57, but I have another 30 years or more in me so I’m really just training for my second career!

    • Hi Gary!

      I see I’m not the only late bloomer out there, and I’m glad to know I’m in good company. 🙂 That’s the great thing about writing, there is no expiration date on when you have to start or stop. And you’re right, we can both look forward to 30 good years more of writing! lol Continued success with your spy thriller and your second career! Thanks for stopping by!!!

      Catherine

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