Alex Cavanaugh, DL Hammons, Katie Mills and Matthew MacNish. The idea is that writers are supposed to write down their own origin - where they began as writers.
I remember loving to write books, but I actually have to good fortune to have a "book" I wrote in elementary called Mindy's Christmas. It is a girl mouse who wants a new girl mouse doll for Christmas and the mouse Santa comes and brings her one.
I always made up stories, but never really believed I was that good. Then I decided that I didn't want to be a creative writer, telling myself I was an analytical literary analysis type of writer. When I got asked to teach a Creative Writing class, and my kids got old enough to share their imaginations, I remembered my own.
I dabbled in writing a little, but thought I was just too busy with jobs, kids, family, etc. I was spending hours looking at cute crafting blogs but I hate crafting and knew I would never do any of those things. I thought I'd get to writing eventually; I figured I had too much of a desire to write to let it be something I never really pursued.
Several things happened. One, I met David Powers King and Elana Johnson at a conference, saw their passion for what they were doing, learned how the heck to really blog from Elana, and discovered that all the excuses I was making for why I couldn't write were the same things everyone else was doing and still writing.
Talk about an eye opener. So I came home, started a blog, started following the blogs of people I met at that conference, followed advice and now, just four months after I started a blog, I've entered a first chapter contest, participated in several blogfests, am entering a pitch session, calling myself a writer (almost without hesitation) studied, met some of the most amazing people and have a passion for life that makes me so, so grateful for the kind people who are so willing to share.
I absolutely believe that dream can happen for me.
What about you? When did your passion for writing start?