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What made you start writing?

Posted: June 7th, 2019, 12:00 pm
by Nathan Bransford
Do you remember when you decided you wanted to be a writer? What was the spark?

For me it was reading Roald Dahl's books. I loved them so much I wanted to write my own. But I forgot about that dream for a while until I was in high school and a classmate's murder made me take up the pen again. I've been writing off and on ever since.

What about you?

Re: What made you start writing?

Posted: October 9th, 2019, 9:04 am
by PeterTaylor
No one fixed occasion - it developed.

I never enjoyed creative writing in school, but when I was about 17, I was a keen naturalist and enjoyed writing a guide book to a local nature reserve where I was going to show people around. After studying, I got a job as a museum curator and loved writing pamphlets and audiovisual scripts. Then as a science teacher, one of the best parts was re-writing text books for children with learning difficulties. And I wrote another naure reserve guide.

Later, I had expertise in calligraphy and the totally hand-produced book was gratifying. In 1985 a friend was offered an opportunity to write a calligraphy book for publication, but she said she didn't have time and put my name forward - my first traditionally published book (Allen and Unwin and HarperCollins UK). But I still didn't want to write more books.

It wasn't until I had kids that I made up stories. They were so bad, I'd fall asleep telling them and the children would still be awake, so my wife told me I should do a course and learn to do it properly. That was 1998...and writing has been 'in the blood' ever since, though the seeds were there earlier.

I didn't get the next contract until 2008. Including spin off products, I've now had about 8 boooks published, but none of them have come from a submission.

Re: What made you start writing?

Posted: October 23rd, 2019, 12:14 pm
by Shilden_T72
I was just extremely annoyed that the stories I wanted to read didn't exist!
There's so many stories that would be a whole new level of cool if they were to be told in books, movies, games, anything; but nobody is putting their butts to work, so I have to do it by myself! It's as if I was craving stories that haven't been written yet, as if I could not be satisfied without something that is yet to come to this world... and this leaves me with no choice but to write and bring these stories to our world myself.