October 18, 2010

Closet of my Soul

"I knew I was supposed to be a writer; I had made that declaration in the closet of my soul." -- Padgett Powell

Some writers dream of writing stories from childhood (usually the ones with their noses in books).  And other writers catch the writing bug later in life.

When did you discover what you wanted to be when you grew up?  Years ago?  Months ago?  Yesterday?

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  1. I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was around ten, but didn't do anything about it until I was in my 30's.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, Catherine. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, and I always fantasized about being a writer. But I only believed ONE was possible for a VERY long time. :-)

  3. I always thought it would be nice to be a writer...I wanted to be a writer all my life, but I only became really committed to it about a year and a half ago.

  4. I wrote my first story when I was six....but am not really a writer per se.

    I'm just glad you're awake :)

  5. Patti, I wrote but didn't send anything off until my 30's.
    Shannon, I'm glad you're doing both!
    Lydia, and I love how you help us write more truly with your medical advice.
    Bttrfly, A writer is someone who writes, so you're a writer, per se. Yes, I'll be going to bed early tonight. ;)

  6. I wrote a lot in high school and after, but I didn't attempt--or even think about--writing a novel until my late twenties.

    At first I wondered how I could have wasted so many years not doing what I love, but then I realized all those years were research for future novels. ;)

  7. Karen, those years were definitely research. :) Even now, I find stepping away for a little bit helps.

  8. I wanted to write fantasy books when I was little, poetry in middle school, newspaper articles in high school, and literary short stories in college. And you know what? I still like writing all of those things.

  9. Myrna, I love the thought of your favorite genres changing through different stages of life.

  10. Many years ago, I attempted to write a memoir on a foreign adoption gone horribly wrong. What I accomplished was a horrible memoir. Frustrated, I embarked on a journey to learn how to write. Along the way, I found my voice and have been writing ever since.

  11. Catherine,
    This is one of my favorite quotes. And I happened to blog about it this week too.

  12. JJ, glad you persisted.
    Carmela, great minds...


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