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Why did you start writing?

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Zander Willmore, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Zander Willmore

    Zander Willmore Minstrel

    I am always interested in people's motivations. So I wondered why you all started writing? Was it just for fun or did you start with the goal of being published?

    I started to write as an escape from a rough situation. I discovered that it really helped relieve stress. my stories took me to another world. And thinking about my world and coming up with new characters gave me hours of enjoyment. So I keep doing it and have a lot of fun with it.

    So why did you start?
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  2. Vaporo

    Vaporo Inkling

    I don't really know why I started. I wrote my first story when I was six years old and have been writing on and off ever since. I don't know that I have any deeper motivation other than that I just inherently enjoy telling stories.
  3. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Forum Mom Leadership

    I'm Irish and come from a long line of writers. I learned at my mother's knee, and my dad was her biggest fan. When I was nine he first gave me a copy of Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey and I've been a fantasy writer ever since.

    Perhaps my proudest moment was being able to show them our first book in print. They'd never smiled at me like that before. It wasn't too long before they passed, and I know that they are so very proud of me.
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  4. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

    Somebody stuck a crayon in my hand and taught me letters in school... it's been downhill since.
  5. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

    I don't know why I started writing. I know it was when I was a freshman in high school, which is an age particularly prone to such fancies. But I just never stopped. I wasn't aiming to publish, at least not in any serious way. I did submit a short story once, back in the '70s. And for a run of about eleven years the only writing I did was academic writing (grad school). But in one form or another, I've always been writing.
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  6. Aldarion

    Aldarion Inkling

    I started writing because I enjoy reading. The first thing I "wrote" was draft outline of researchers stuck in Crecateous back in... 2000 I think? Which was based on a dream I had, in which human survivors stuck in Pula amphitheatre had to negotiate with a leader of intelligent, talkative dinosaurs after unknown cataclysm (Virus? Asteroid? Dream didn't go into such a detail) had wiped out something like 99,99% of humanity. After that I started worldbuilding a couple of settings based on Lord of the Rings, tried drawing a Resident Evil comic which didn't go anywhere, kept worldbuilding medieval and eventually also sci-fi settings, and now I'm back to fantasy again. But as for actually writing, I mostly wrote non-fiction things in that whole period.
  7. Insolent Lad

    Insolent Lad Maester

    I was an artist before I was a writer, not that I didn't always have stories (or at least scenarios and world-building) in my head. As a kid, I tended to recruit my friends to act these out rather than writing them down. And then I got into an on-and-off career in nonfiction, mostly articles for fitness magazines (which taught me a great deal about writing). It took a while for me to finally sit down and write out my first novel!
  8. Pemry Janes

    Pemry Janes Sage

    I write because it gets the story out of my head. Once its set down in black and white, I don't have the urge to tinker and adjust a story and I can move on to new ones. Okay, the urge is less.
  9. Yora

    Yora Maester

    Nobody writes the books I want to read.
  10. Malik

    Malik Auror

    Pretty much this. I was writing plot points in the margins of my textbooks in grade school and using them to tell stories to my friends after school.

    I wrote my first novel because I couldn't find a book like the one I wanted to read. I more or less became an author because I wanted to write the kinds of books that I figured someone should write.

    (Edit: 30 years later, I'm still the only one writing them . . .)
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  11. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

    I also recall writing stories for school with lots of red marks for spelling where i took flyers on “big” words, think that was 3rd grade. By 5th or 6th grade I stepped off the school bus with a friend and declared I was going to be a writer. Back in those days, fantasy I enjoyed was a barren landscape. Now the landscape is cluttered, but there still isn’t that much I enjoy, LOL.

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  12. Yora

    Yora Maester

    The important thing is, if there is fantasy that we really want to read, there are lots of other people out there who really would love to read it as well. And when there seems to be little or none of it on the market, that just means there's no real competition.
  13. Kasper Hviid

    Kasper Hviid Sage

    I’m kind of an unpleasant fellow. My deepest, most serene feelings are those I have for my own, fictive characters. So naturally, I have to go down that path.

    I started writing because … I really needed a break from the ever-so-serious novel I was working on. I had this tongue-in-cheek scenario where the typical hero was tied up by some rogue, and they both seem to be pretty much aware of the sadomasochistic overtones. My muse was a frame from a comic by Alan Moore where this funny-animal damsel in distress plays along with her victim status. So I was just aiming for silly fun, with lotsa banter back and forth between the two characters. Then the story gradually began to grow. Stupidly, it ended up very much inspired by the one I needed a break from. I even stole an entire scene from myself.
  14. Chessie2

    Chessie2 Staff Article Team

    I wrote my first short story in the third grade for a school assignment. It was about a little boy who ordered pizza and the delivery driver turned out to be an axe murderer. From that day forward, I knew writing stories was my calling in life. Throughout my childhood, I filled notebooks upon notebooks with stories and drawings to accompany them. There are pictures of me as an adolescent writing in my notebook...even to my twenties. During my studies, I excelled at spelling, grammar, and ate up English classes. It was meant to be, I think, because I received an excellent education in this regard. I ate up literary works and the library was--and is still--one of my favorite places to visit. All of that reading and all of that studying has helped tremendously with the fundamentals of what I think many writers struggle with: grammar, spelling, basic English.

    I started sending manuscripts to publishers at age sixteen and finally gave up ~21. That's when I stopped for a while--went to college, partied a lot, got married--settled back down and started writing again. I haven't stopped writing since.

    I don't know how to explain it. Writing stories is just something I do. It's a blessing, compulsion. Without it my life feels incomplete. I HAVE to write and share my stories with those who read my type of books. I enjoy entertaining others and giving them extra joy when they read. Books are a great way of processing emotion and that's another reason it's important that I keep doing this--because stories add on to people's lives. I am not seeking fame and fortune, but I would like to write many, many more books that readers can enjoy.
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  15. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

    I resemble this, except I never did the submission thing because I had a psychological disorder that once I knew the ending of a book I lost interest in writing it, and started writing other stories... as well as world building/backstory disease which kept my stories backward in time in a single world. Three things happened:

    1: UCLA screenwriting taught me to finish stories
    2: I found the beginning to world’s story I needed
    3: I found the voice I wanted and finally believed my writing was as good as other people had been telling me for years

    The real irony of how my brain has changed over the years is how knowing the ending ruined my motivation in the past, and now it’s what I live more. UCLA/screenwriting probably deserves credit for this awakening, along with maturation of the old noodle, heh heh.

  16. oenanthe

    oenanthe Minstrel

    Honestly? I started because I was on a forum many years ago and someone shared some of their fanfic and it inspired me to write my own work. I found an online writing workshop and started learning, but I quit after a while, and didn't come back to it until about 5 years ago.

    writing was fun that I expected to have published. I don't know if that makes sense.
  17. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

    Learning to finish. Absolutely, DemesnedenoirDemesnedenoir. Like you, I thought I had this problem where if I had thought all the way through to the finish, I lost interest. I didn't have a course to teach me, so I just stumbled my way into answers.

    First, I hadn't really thought my way through the story. I only thought I thought. Actually finishing shows one the difference between the two.

    Second, actually finishing is what strips the word "aspiring" away. I often reach for comparisons to music. I spent thirty years noodling. Then I got into a studio and actually wrote songs and cut a record. Huuuuuge difference.

    Third, yeah, maturity. I didn't waste thirty years because I was during those years learning to be a historian (writing a thesis and a dissertation helps with writing discipline). Thirty years of teaching taught me a few things about how to communicate. I couldn't have finished a story when I was twenty or forty because ... because I didn't. But I kept writing something. There's a long trail of notebooks strung out behind me. They helped get me here.
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  18. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

    The beauty of screenwriting was you had 120 pages to write a bare bones story that's mostly dialogue, and finishing is kind of forced on you by the 100-120 page standard. One could NOT finish, but it wasn't like writing an epic, where you can just wander about forever, LOL.
  19. Gurkhal

    Gurkhal Auror

    Because I loved reading and wanted to share my ideas to the world and perhaps also add something to the world while I lived. Although as limitations and restrictions are being felt I feel this may be the reason as to why I give up on writing.
  20. Artemis_Foo

    Artemis_Foo Acolyte

    My reasons are definately as part of the escapism route. Having found myself in a situation I had no control over and constantly being hounded by bullies, I found that writing, drawing and video games provided me with relief from the stress and also the ability to control events. I found that I was actually quite good at writing, owing to a rather vivid imagination and a deep passion I constalty try to get across on the paper.
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