(DUE TO NEW YEAR'S DAY FALLING ON A WEDNESDAY, IWSG WILL POST JANUARY 8 RATHER THAN JANUARY 1.)
January'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?
My Answer: I read a lot as a kid, everything from Judy Blume’s sweet books for kids to Raymond Chandler’s murder mysteries for adults. Chandler’s gritty stories were what spurred my creative energy. As a kid, I pulled out the dusty typewriter and plunked out my first novel (unfinished around twenty pages) . . . a suspenseful murder mystery, of course. Plus, I feel like I’m the most curious person in the world, always wanting to ask: Why? How? When? Where? Who? I crave to know more about everything. Reading provides avenues to learn more through someone else’s experience and retelling. Writing provides a different method to learn more, because I am the one researching topics, exploring and learning, and then retelling it for others to then experience through their reading of the story.