Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today.
Some of us knew from an early age that we wanted to become a writer. For others, the desire came about later in life. Mae Clair wrote an excellent post a few years back, Are Writers Born or Made? If you haven’t read it, you can do so by clicking this link.
Regardless of when you realized you had the writing bug, no doubt there is at least one person in your life that influenced your decision. There are several people that played a role for me.
My father was an avid reader who passed that desire along to me. I believe it’s essential for authors to also be readers, so Dad’s love of books had a huge influence on my writing career. His youngest sister wrote poetry, so some of my creative genes undoubtedly came from that side of the family.
Some of my earliest childhood memories came from listening to my mother tell true stories of when she was growing up. Mom was forty-two years old when I was born, so her stories of living during the Great Depression and World War II impacted me. Her father was also a fabulous storyteller as was her brother, so I also got some creative genes from the maternal side of my family.
Mom was the first person who encouraged me to share my writing. I suffered from low self-esteem, and although I wrote several things during my teenage years, I wouldn’t share them with anyone else.
When I wrote my first “novel” at the age of seventeen, I shared it with a cousin. She is also an avid reader and gave me several tips on how I could improve the story.
I allowed life to get in the way of my dream. I went to work, got married, and put aside any writing, but the desire never went away. In the early 2000s, a former coworker (who had no idea of my desire to write) once said to me. “You should write a book.”
I tend to go into a lot of detail when telling a story, and she picked up on that. A few years later, when another coworker said the same thing, I knew it was time to make my dream a reality.
Since then, there have been many people who have helped me in my journey. My brother has also been a big encourager.
Writing is a journey, not a destination. Along the way, we will encounter obstacles, some of which are of our own doing. Remembering the ones who encouraged you always helps when you come across a roadblock.
Who are some who influenced you as a writer? Please share in the comments.