Follow Friday for Writers

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Brilliant Elizabeth Sharp has started a new way for all of us to connect and network. If you have a blog then you are a writer and are welcome to join the fun. The rules are simple. 

1) (Required) You must follow my blog
2) (Required) You must follow the guest poster featured in the blog hop post.
3) You must add you name to the link bar.
4) You must copy these rules, the hop link and the featured question with your answer on your own blog. This blog serves as a place for new followers to say hi.
5) Follow, follow, follow. This is about networking, people, making connections with people in your community. So talk to us. We don't bite!
6) If someone stops by, says hi and follows you, the polite thing to do is follow back.
7) Comment here and introduce yourself and you just might find a new follower or two.

So, I think that I am supposed to answer the following question and you guys are supposed to love it. Just kidding! After you read my response go check out the links at the bottom for their response.

What inspired you to start writing?

I have always had an overactive imagination, so the better question would be what wouldn't inspire me to write. I see stories everywhere, in everything. There isn't anything happening around you at any given time that can't be used as inspiration for a book, a short story, a poem, or music. Not that I write music or poetry, and if I did you really wouldn't want to hear it. I guess that if I approach this question from the angle of what inspired me to start writing Mortal Obligation, I could be a little more precise. About two years ago, (maybe a little longer) I was listening to music and an image formed in my mind. A girl standing in a square in downtown Savannah. She knows that something is coming for her, something big, something dangerous. She could run and hide, but she knew that they would just be waiting for her to come out. The girl knew she could handle whatever they were going to throw at her, but she had to master her fear.  The more I listened, the more happened in the scene playing in my mind. I would find myself thinking about it while doing random things, like eating, sleeping., the laundry. You get the picture. Eventually it took over everything, and that scene seemed to spiral. I started writing, because I had to get the scene out of my head. And then I had to know how it all began and how it all ended. I guess you could say that writing is a compulsion. It is something that I just have to do.

I have other stories that I have written over the years. The earliest that I can remember was written in crayon and color pencil. It involved a green rose, a giant wall, a witch and a happily ever after. My grandmother still has it, and brings it up when I talk to her. Every time. I love it, because even though the story was a wretched mess, it reminds me of my roots. The beginning of my writing career! I haven't wanted to stop writing since then, even if I got distracted by life at different times.


  1. That is a great story about how you got started with writing Nichole!

  2. Great story - I'm a new follower :) Have a great day!

  3. Oh wow. Your first story sounds so... evocative. I think it would be awesome someday to find a collection of stories with the elements invented by a small child and the prose written by somebody with a better grasp of the craft of writing. The ideas we have when kids always seem so original, don't they?

  4. I agree chrysoula! That would be a really interesting concept to enact.

    Thank you guys for following the blog, I hope you like what you find here.

  5. Oh the horror...I just noticed I didn't have your blog on my follow list.

  6. Great story now Nichole I want to read more!! lol so girl do what I suggest and Write ON!! Much lobe. :-)

  7. I LOVE that you still have a copy of your first story - crayon and all. It's always good to remember where you've been because you can see just how much you've grown. Can't wait to read more from you!

    You can find my answer over at Writings Of A Dreamer

  8. What a great story Nichole!! Isn't it cool how all of us have similar beginnings?

  9. I have a collection of Ghost stories I wrote in a journal, that my mom saved for me. I was probably about 8 when I wrote them, and to go back and read them is hilarious! I even had a couple vampire stories in there LOL. I love it!!

  10. Hi from fellow FF hopper. I know what what you mean about a character taking over your life. Micaela the MC of Dark Dealings came to me one evening and wouldn't get out of head until I told her story. In fact it was the author E.L Doctorow who said “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

  11. Hi! I'm a new follower from the writer's hop. Characters seem to take over my life too. I think I need to be more disciplined with them!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Stop by when you get the chance.

    Gabrielle Bisset

  12. Hello I am a new follower. I hope you will follow back at The Neophyte Writer Thanks.


Please leave a comment! I love getting to chat with my readers. Make sure that you sign in with your gmail address or website so that I can see who I am chatting with!

Made With Love By The Dutch Lady Designs