Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Not Stopping Now - IWSG January 2020



It's IWSG Day. The goal of this blog hop is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. IWSG is the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh, our brilliant ninja leader. To find a list of contributors and to link to their posts, click here. Co-hosts for this month’s posting of the IWSG are T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff. 

This month’s question: What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just "know" suddenly you wanted to write? 

I can’t remember not wanting to write, even as far back as age eight or ten, when I scribbled in the white leather diary my grandmother bought for my birthday. But I’ve regurgitated my writing story here on Middle Passages many a time. For those who know my past, I’m not going to bore you (again) by recapping how I got to where I am today. If you don’t know me and you’re curious, you’ll find my story on my very first blog post, here.  

All I can say beyond that is writing saved me eleven years ago and it saves me now. Words make me the truest self I can be. They are the legacy of my heart and I remain eternally grateful for the stutter-step in life that forced my course correction.

Wishing you all a happy and writing-centric 2020.

How did you start your writing journey?

17 comments:

  1. I know your story! Hope writing continues to save you.

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  2. Yeh for a happy and writing-centric 2020! :)

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  3. Glad your writing is helping you so much. Hope you have a fantastic writing year!

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  4. That's wonderful that writing has helped you so much. I don't know what I would do if I didn't write.

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  5. I'm glad your journey brought you to writing. I've enjoyed your writing and photos for many years now.

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  6. I think some people were born to be writers

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  7. Pretty sure it was in my genes from the get-go. I can't imagine not writing.

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  8. Your writing (and photography) are golden....keep sharing and believing. All the best for 2020.

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  9. Love your comment about writing making you your truest self. Such a great way to put it.

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  10. That's probably about the age I started writing, too! It'll always be a part of me.

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  11. Fate has a way of reminding you what you should be doing :)

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  12. Hi Liza! I remember writing stories about me and my favorite actors and musicians as a child. Good for you finding that "words can make you the truest self you can be." I agree. All best to you in 2020!

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  13. Hi, Liza! Thanks for the link to your first post. I enjoyed reading it, although it brought up memories of being laid off myself. I'm glad that it has turned out well for you! Writing has gotten me through some rough passages too. All the best to you in 2020!

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  14. I read your first post and applaud your positive outlook after having to suddenly start over in the workplace. I also find writing very therapeutic, and I’m so glad it helped you through difficult times. Your beautiful poetry and photographs are an added bonus!

    Julie

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  15. It's amazing what a force writing can be. Wishing you the best in the new year.

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  16. Our journeys are similar. I don't recall not writing, but it took people I loved getting cancer that reminded me I could find my happy place in the written word.

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  17. Hi Liza,

    This is said for almost every writer I have encountered. Writing has saved all of us in one form or another. My career crashed when the real estate market crashed in 2007. As an interior designer, I lost three huge contracts that same year with none to follow. What would I do with all my free time now? I had asked myself. I decided to write my first MG fantasy. I had always loved fantasy and with the Harry Potter series, it only enhanced my love for it. I read all of JK Rowlings books from the time the first HP novel had been put into a movie. I had no idea the first two movies were based on her writings, so I immediately picked up all the books and continued to read the others as they came out.

    My novel kept me sane for that whole first year and many years to come as I had to edit and keep editing until it was ready. It lead to another completely different book, but that is where I decided that writing would be my next career. I love writing and it is an amazing way to express our inner thoughts and feelings while helping others cope with their loses as well. One can lose oneself in their own stories as wells as other writer's stories. The posibiities are endless...

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