Monday, 13 February 2012

Origins Blogfest

Tell us all where your writing dreams began. It could be anything from how you started making up stories as a child, or writing for the school newspaper, or even what prompted you to start a blog. How about stories about the first time somebody took an interest in your writing, or the teacher/mentor that helped nudge you along and mould your passion, or maybe the singular moment when you first started calling yourself a writer. It all started somewhere and we want you to tell us your own, unique, beginnings.
 

I always used to write as a kid. Sounds so commonplace, don’t it?
Yeah, there I was: scribbling little things as a child, making up stories and stuff about ponies, but nothing that could be coherent (or original) when written down. At age ten/eleven, I drew a lump of a fortress in a desert. Almost a mountain really. Something akin to Uluru, only filled with tunnels and pockmarked by windows and balconies. The desert and its people grew from there. Then it got walls and a monster of reason for those walls. Let’s just say it wasn’t a PG world.
Back then, I wasn’t 100% certain what was beyond those walls, even when my doodling ended up with a rough map. Undeterred, I called the world Thardrandia (did I make you look up? ^_^) and fluffed about trying to find a used for it.
I formed a few half-baked stories. Seriously bad ones. I think they might still be kicking round somewhere in hopes I’ll redo them someday. Then I began RPGing on it with a friend I’ve since lost contact with. I suppose that could be called my first foray into world-building as we sort of made it up as we went along, she with her world, me with mine. It was fun. It let the seed of an idea quietly germinate.
It was when I tried to write a backstory for the characters I was using that I got seriously bit by the writing bug. I kept the idea, tore the story to pieces, redid it (several times) and have since moved on to all the stories you can find on the My Stories page.

That's it. That is my writing origin. Go here and discover how others got where that are.

20 comments:

  1. Some one else who destroyed an earlier story! RPG influenced my writing as well.
    Thanks for participating in the blogfest!

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    1. I like to think I improved it. It certainly got better as I got older. Honestly, I’ve an early copy backed up with the others. I wince at the mere thought of reading it. Worse, I remember being sooo proud of it. -_-
      I wonder how many of us will admit to RPGing in whatever form? It has to be almost as common as the “wrote stories as a kid” origin.
      Can you guess I like to know how people get where they’re at? ^_^

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  2. I hear that a lot from people about the RPG crossover into writing. Must be about wanting to escape into that other world and keep it going. Make sense, really.

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    1. Would seem so. Though in some ways, writing is better. I like the aspect of controlling both sides, especially the dialogue.
      On the other hand, there is fun to be had in trying to think your way out of a difficult situation. We used to use multiple characters, so juggling them while remembering who was where and doing what was a bit of a challenge at times. I wonder if some collaborative writing is similar to that.

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  3. I started writing when I was a kid too. It wasn't until later that I got involved in RPGs, but doing those helped expand my imagination and hone my craft.

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  4. Build it up, tear it down, build it backup better. The story of most of our stories. Nice to meet you. I'll be back.

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    1. Rebuild but keep the foundations. Just like any old city really.
      Nice to meet you too. ^_^

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  5. It's amazing how your characters can come alive and start to tell their own stories without you having to do much, isn't it? Thanks for sharing!

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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    1. Yes, all 200+ of them. -_-
      Fortunately, most have very small voices. ^_^

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  6. Hi Aldrea. I'm just stopping by as one of the blogfest co-hosts, and am now your newest follower. Nice to meet you!

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    1. Hey. ^_^
      Always nice to meet new people.

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  7. It's in the backstory that the true depth of a story lies, and its not surprising that's when you realized you enjoyed delving that deep. Thank you for sharing that with us! :)

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  8. its such a shame that our characters history is known only to us, for the most part...
    nice beginning!

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  9. A bit tough to get to 212 people in one day, so I'm sorry for the late Origins blogfest visit. I love how the backstories really got you into writing. I love trying to figure out what my character's histories are as well.

    your newest follower,
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. I’ve barely made a dent in the blogs listed. >_> There’s just so many. On the other hand, I’ve just finished visiting all my followers and those I follow so must be getting somewhere. ^_^

      Character histories are super fun to figure out. Knowing the reason behind why a character acts a certain way is essential for making characters more real.

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  10. Bravo! wonderful story i am proud of you!:)

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