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
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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.
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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.