Monday, August 2, 2010

Let's Play Make Believe

When did I decide I wanted to be an author? The moment I picked up my first book. I would lose myself within the pages of a good western, where the heroes were rugged cowboys and the heroines were feisty women, who knew what they wanted. I would bite my nails reading a haunting ghost story where monsters did exist under the bed. I was charmed by the knights-in-shining-armor who risked all to save the lady. These authors had passion and wit. They created characters that touched my soul and created worlds where I could visit over and over again. These author belonged to a special club called let’s play make believe and I wanted to join. They were the ones who inspired me to pick up a pen and write. I’ve never regretted it.
**Note: They’re always looking for new recruits.
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  1. Hi Karen,

    I always played with stories in my head, but it took a major hurricane to shake me up and actually write those stories on paper. I'm having a blast, and I think my readers are enjoying my stories too. At least thats what they tell me. They could just be being nice. (grin)

    Great post, Karen

    Dawn Chartier

  2. Wanting and being--two different things. I was a constant visitor to the one room library in my small town and, oh, how much I wanted to be a writer!
    No one noticed, no one cared and it took many years before a noted author, teaching a class, introduced me as a writer after reading my work. I am now published and still at it.

  3. I wrote stories as long as I can remember. Naturally, I loved to read, and creating my own imaginary worlds was like an extension of that joy. Being able to imagine fictional settings and lose yourself in those stories is a gift.

  4. I enjoyed your post, Karen.

    I've always had a pretty active imagination, but it took two life events crashing into each other to start me writing. I figured 10 pages would do it, but I didn't stop until I had a book...about a vampire no less! I've since learned more about this creative craft and have written two more. I hope I never stop!

    By the way, Consequences is in the mail to you :) ~ Mickey

  5. Hi Karen,
    My mom said I was born reading, but I don't quite believe that. LOL But I do remember carrying a picture book and puzzling over the letters at a very early age. Sounds like you were much the same. I love your imagination and please keep writing.

  6. Dawn,

    Okay, there's a great story here--it took a major hurricane to shake you up to make you write.
    Now that's drastic way to wake up your muse. lol

    Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Love this post! Especially the new recruits line. How cute. And even though I'm older and no longer scribble my make believe stories in spiral notebooks as I did when I was tween, I still have conversations with my characters when I'm in the bathtub. How else am I going to get to know them? lol!

  8. Pat,

    How wonderful for you that you found that class and was introduced to another writer. It was meant to be. Good for you.

  9. Nancy,

    "Being able to imagine fictional settings and lose yourself in those stories is a gift."

    You have that right. It's so much fun to escape, isn't it?

  10. Mickey,
    I'm so glad you enjoyed the post.
    So vampires started your success. lol Don't stop now, you're on a roll. :)
    Thanks for coming by.

    Consequences is in the mail--cool, I can't wait.:)

  11. Rebecca,

    You were born reading. lol I love it!

    Thanks for the compliment and right back at you, girl. It paid off that the angels sent you to your mom with books. lol

  12. "I still have conversations with my characters when I'm in the bathtub. How else am I going to get to know them? lol!"

    I have conversations with my characters, too. You bet you have to get to know them and sometimes they're different than you expected.

    Thanks for commenting. :)

  13. I'd toyed w/the idea of being a writer but the second I stumbled across fan fiction I realized I wasn't the only person playing around with shows I saw and stories I read in my head. I got hooked once I started getting positive feedback from a little following I developed--that was about seven years ago now. Look where that led!

  14. Hi Joanna,

    Isn't it amazing how one thing leads to another.
    Praise to your followers, they gave you the right push. :)

    Thanks for stopping by. It's always nice to chat with you.

  15. I don't remember when I started reading I just know it was early. I agree I loved the knights in shining armor ...and horse too. :) I still love 'em plus the time travel and the shifters. So many word pictures to take me away from my every day life. Thanks for being one of those authors in the special club.

  16. Hi MarthaE!!!

    So you loved not only the knight and shining armor, but the horse as well. lol No wonder the paranormal shifter stories caught your interest.
    Thanks for coming by and saying hi. It's always wonderful to visit with you. :)