Monday, February 13, 2012

Origins Blogfest 2012


When did YOUR Writing Dreams begin?


Tell us for the Origins Blogfest . . . when did you first pick up that pen or sit in front of that keypad and begin to create a story, or a column, a poem, or a book? (Not for school or because you had to, but because you wanted to write something down that was in your head)


When did I first start writing stories?

I’m not sure, I kept getting sidetracked.  But . . .

It could have been when I sent in my first article to a teen magazine and received my first nice rejection. Insert appropriate teen angst, but at least I had a reply.

It could have been when I was hired on the strength of my cover letter, not my experience, and the woman told me why. She liked my words. Then, I landed a job where writing was the focus, but the purpose definitely non-fiction. It was a learning time.

My writing genre: Science Fiction and Suspense/Crime novels.


Thanks for dropping by. Hope you can share one of your writing memories in the comments below.

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The Origins Blogfest is brought to you by 4 co-host Bloggers: (you can sign up on these sites)

DL at Cruisin' Altitude
Alex at Alex J. Cavanaugh
Matt at The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiement
Katie at Creepy Query Girl


Want to participate?

First, sign up to participate via the handy dandy Linky tool at DL's site or any of the other host blogs above.  The Linky list, details, and badges are found there. Have fun checking out the list!

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30 comments:

  1. At least you learned young about realities of publishing. Glad to hear that didn't stop you from pursuing your goal.

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    1. Hi Stina, No it didn't stop me, just slowed me down in my rush. I have a stubborn side. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I kept getting sidetracked too. It took me a long time to figure out that maybe writing was what I should be doing. And some days, I'm still convinced I picked the right path.

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    1. Writing has helped me through some tough times. It's a survival instinct for me.

      Thanks for commenting and following. I'll hop over to your spot.

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  3. I did a lot of non-fiction writing at work too; it's not nearly as much fun as fiction.

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    1. No, Tonja, but all that non-fiction writing helped me improve on a few skills that have helped in my fiction writing.

      Thanks for stopping by and for following! Back to the Origins list for me.

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  4. Glad to find your blog--I love French photos (and fashion, though I can't afford it!). Looking forward to perusing your blog.

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    1. Hi Heather, thanks for following and for commenting. Check under the page "Paris Posts" for links to more photos of Paris. I found cashmere cheaper in Paris than in Canada.

      Hope you get to read the one about the cafes!

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  5. "I’m not sure, I kept getting sidetracked."

    Wow, if there's a second chapter to my Origins story, that's it right there.

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    1. Hi, Bob, thanks for following and yes, life has a way of throwing a curve at you just when you think you have it all planned.

      But at least we found our way back to the writing. . .

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  6. I'd be tempted to spice up all my non-fiction work with little fictional flourishes here and there :)

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. That might have been funny. I like your suggestion but I was keeping a low profile at the time.

      Thanks for following.

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  7. It's sometimes hard to pin down when and where it all began. I totally get that. I love all your pix on your blog. Very cool. New follower and thx for stopping by.

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    1. So glad you like the photos, Mina and thanks for following.

      I took time out to participate in life and got sidetracked for a while.

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  8. Hi D.G., great to meet you! Those rejection letters can sure be one of those moments when we knew we were a writer. I could wallpaper my house with rejection letters. good thing i don;t like wallpaper.

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    1. I don't like wallpaper either, I prefer paint. Thanks for the follow and for stopping by.

      I'm still going through the Origins list.

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  9. Good point about a "nice rejection" - I find a response, even a boilerplate rejection, is better than silence. At least someone gave it a glance :-)

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    1. Hi Li, that's the way I felt too. Today, I might not get that personal touch.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. It never occurred to me to submit at a teen. Brave you. I get all excited when I get nice rejection, more so if they make a comment. What a weird profession. lol Or maybe it's me.

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    1. Brave or foolhardy? In a rejection letter a few words are always appreciated, if only to show that the material has been read.

      That little bit of personal touch, whether from an agent or editor can boost a writer's day.
      Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

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  11. I've gotten jobs based on a good cover letter before, too! But I'dve never been brave enough to submit to a teen magazine. I did send a fan letter to John Taylor once... :D <3

    great story!

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    1. It was the confidence of the innocents. You can't fear what you don't know about.

      Thanks for stopping by and following. I'm still checking the Origins list.

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  12. Suspense and crime novels are high up on my reading list. Like you. I've been sidetracked, but for me it was for two decades.

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    1. I went for a least a decade when I was busy with family and only read magazines. Then I got a little breathing room.

      Nice to know you like the suspense novels, too. Are you back to writing now?

      Thanks for following and commenting.

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  13. Dammit! I was going to be in this, got invited by a co-host, can't right now recall who...regardless, I was supposed to do this and I forgot. (Please stand by while perfectionist attempts to kick her own ass)
    Didn't work. I have now hit my head on the wall and feel properly punished.
    I'll have to make this one my upcoming posts...
    Also following you here. Are you feeling stalked yet?

    Tina @ Life is Good

    Co-Host of the April 2012 Blogging from A to Z Challenge

    Twitter:
    @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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    1. Thanks for following and commenting, Tina. If you forgot to do something (a blogfest?), then you must be trying to do too much.

      I use a writing calendar and lots of sticky notes. That's to reinforce the memory buttons.

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  14. Good point about a "rejection" - I find a response, even a boilerplate rejection, is better than silence.

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    1. Hi Jeremy, I agree. A few words is all it takes. Thanks for stopping by.

      Like the look of your new website. White Lies looks interesting and I like the premise.

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  15. Hi DG! Thanks for the link to your post about downsizing and all that such a major move involves. I can sure relate to that post. We're downsizing from a 5 bedroom house, too. So much junk to deal with. We're still in the process of moving but we're turning the keys over in a couple weeks and it will al be over! I like your "Origins" story. Great blogfest!

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    1. Hi LynNerd, glad you liked the post and my brief origins story.

      Moving is a pain, whether we've hired people or done it ourselves.
      Best of luck in your new place!

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