... or did it find you?
Mandy at The Keyboard had a post on this topic and it got me thinking...
When did you start writing? Was it something you took up as a hobby? Something you discovered as a young adult? Later in life? Did you stumble into it?
Or have you always been in this world in some way?
I always had to be creative in some way. I wrote stories...silly ones, but still stories...as a kid. And poetry. And had one-woman soap operas going on all the time, acting them out in my backyard. And I was an artist. That's where I really thought I'd go, but real life didn't turn out that way. I've always had that itch when too much was going on that I'd have to take a break and do something artistic. Draw something or paint something, or even reorganize a room. That used to do it in a pinch!! LOL.
But writing always floated around, sometimes below the surface, sometimes up front and center. It was just something I did for me. Didn't tell too many people, and didn't really take it seriously. My mom liked it, but I could have been selling jelly beans and she would like it.
Eight years ago, I found an online critiquing group (sadly isn't there anymore) that was very laid back, we had to submit a monthly short story on a posted topic, and then everyone would critique. I was hooked. Those short stories became my passion, and then I started using the same characters, and some of the stories became the base of my first novel.
So my story is that writing was always there, but became more of my identity around 7-8 years ago.
What's your story?