Friday, June 24, 2011

Writing to me is an incredible adventure . . .

Today's post is in conjunction with the Blog-A-Licious Blog Tour a fantastic blog hop that brings together bloggers of all genres, backgrounds and locations. In today's hop, the blog featured before Remember Newvember is The Riddle of Writing. The blog featured after mine is Grace Elliot Author. Please stop by and say hello plus some are having giveaways and contests. Enjoy!

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When I first saw the theme for this blog tour, it made me think of an elementary school paper I once had to write. That paper was more along the lines of “what school means to me” – but I approached the topic with the same hesitation. Writing is a personal journey of expression, and for each person, it covers completely different territory.

For as long as I can remember I have been a story-teller. As a small child, I took great pleasure in creating my own paper-dolls and then developing elaborate stories for them to enact. As I grew older, those imaginings made their way to paper. At the ripe old age of eleven I wrote my first novel entitled “Planet X”. It was only a classroom assignment but it stirred something deep within me. While others in my class moaned and groaned about creating story-lines and working on character development, I was completely in my element.

At age thirteen I tried my hand at writing a romance novel. Written on legal pads while I was supposed to be selling corn at a roadside stand, I was certain that story would be published by Harlequin teen and I’d be an instant best-seller. From there I progressed to fantasy novels and more romance stories, most of them saved to a floppy disk via the reliable Commodore 64. It’s doubtful they will ever see the light of day.

As adulthood loomed over me, I needed to become more serious, study harder and daydream less. At the time, I didn’t think I could make any real money using only my imagination and a hand-me-down IBM computer. I set creative writing aside and pursued a career in technical and copy writing. This was probably one of the biggest mistakes I made in my life. While technical writing helped hone essential skills, it sucked any ingenuity right out of me.

Fortunately, I had children – lots of them. They helped me access the imagination I had tamped down deep inside. They gave me an excuse to take time off from a nine-to-five job and focus my energies on them. Their imaginative play invites creativity to flow and I can’t thank them enough for giving me back my own childhood dreams. Now they are older, more self-sufficient, and I have started my writing journey all over again.

To me, writing is not only an escape into my imagination; it’s an opportunity to connect with my psyche, make sense of the world around me and deal with all that life throws my way.


  1. Wonderful.. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on writing:))

  2. Wow, that's a lot of boys you've got there.

    Glad you're where you want to be.

    Moody Writing

  3. Lovely post, Jennifer. You look such a happy and contented family - I know exactly what you mean about writing helps to make sense of the world around you.
    Grace x

  4. Jennifer,

    I am so glad you are back to the writing that feeds your soul!

    I too put aside my passion--different reason and also a HUGE mistake. It took a lot of years to get back to it, but when I did, my world blossomed again.

    I loved reading your post!

  5. Amazing post Jennifer, loved reading about your journey to writing and am a follower of your blog now. So glad to connect on this tour.

  6. Beautiful! Yes, it is amazing how our children fuel our imagination with love. :) Thank you. Lovely post.

  7. What a great post, Jennifer. I identify with leaving writing dreams on the shelf and rediscovering them after time. How lucky you are to have all those kids. Being around kids is great fodder for creative work - I hope you pursue writing for kids. Great to discover your blog on the tour. Tina

  8. I love my kids immensely, but I don't write for kids. I tried, but I seem to fall short of the kind of writing they need. Maybe some day I'll work it out - for now, I'm more of a women's fiction kind of writer. Of course, that could just be me trying to escape from so many boys!

  9. What great illustrations of your journey, and you look so proud of your family. Bet they drive you nuts sometimes though, when you want to concentrate on your writing and they ask you to find their ....(fill in blank)!! Hope you keep your dreams.

  10. I'm glad your muse is around you, and you communicate with it. I shared allll over

  11. imagination a bird called spirit let fly and be free. it will come home to roust bring and happiness. thank you for a lovely post and being on the tour god bless

  12. So glad you've started writing again. May your dreams come true. Thelma Z--google will not let me post with my account so I'm anonymous today

  13. Wow! This was a wonderful read, thank you Jen for the dose of inspiration and for joining the blog tour.
    Best wishes - Dora

  14. That's a wonderful insight, that being around children helps us adults stay in touch with our imaginations. I also have found that to be true. I enjoyed this stop on the blog tour!

  15. Jennifer - there's something so captivating about your children and I'm glad they helped you come back to being who you were meant to be - a writer!