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red-room-well-red's picture
Feb.26.2012
Two weeks ago, we asked Red Roomers blog about the time they first wanted to become writers. We wanted to know if there was there a "flash" moment when they just knew, or has it always been true? A few entries stood out: Member Lisa Jensen has always wanted to write, and her memories of how she'...
pauline-ramdhanie's picture
Feb.24.2012
When I was a teenager maybe fifteen or sixteen, I was asleep one night when this story came to me and I jumped out of bed in the middle of the night and started writing. I wrote for hours, and thats when I knew I really wanted to be a writer. Of course back then I didnt have a computer so I had...
marie-williams's picture
Feb.22.2012
It's a tricky question. When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?  The honest truth is, I don't think a writer is something one 'wants to be'. It always seemed to me something one simply is. Writers are a different breed whose true, authentic selves are exposed only on the page....
madeline-sharples's picture
Feb.21.2012
I fell in love with poetry and creative writing in grade school. Early on I loved to read, always checking out the maximum number of books I could from our local library. And, I think I was in seventh grade when it just hit me. I wanted to be a writer, and I never veered from that ambition...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Feb.20.2012
You knew you wanted to be a writer when you read Nancy Drews in your backyard with the Go-Go’s playing on KFRC, a jar of jelly beans nearby, along with a Diet Coke. You are reading Nancy Drews all summer long because Judy Blume read Nancy Drews. You love Nancy. Nancy can solve crimes, be a...
katherine-gregor's picture
Feb.20.2012
  “I think you’ll be a writer and a teacher, when you grow up,” said my grandmother, when I was about eleven.  To this day, I do not know what made her see that in me.  Still, when I got divorced, it made perfect sense – as a teacher and weekend scribbler – to scrap my husband’s...
jayelle-hughes's picture
Feb.19.2012
  When I started to relate to my characters as if I hadn’t created them myself out of thin air, I knew that I had a bit of a talent and should probably write more. I wrote my very first piece when I was 10. It was a poem describing a fictional (yet very real) poor family. Though I grew up...
kelly-tweeddale's picture
Feb.18.2012
They say writer’s write.  It’s been almost a month since I posted to my blog and I wonder if writers ever get distracted like I do or if distraction is just another convenient excuse. It’s not as if I abandoned writing altogether.  I was invited to be a guest blogger for www.artsjournal....
mattias-ahlvin's picture
Feb.18.2012
For me, travel has always been an inspiration. Wherever I go, I find myself thinking of plots that could fit the particular setting I'm in. Incidentally, my desire to first become a writer surfaced before I had done any traveling at all. I was sitting in a 7th grade English class in the city of...
barbara-froman's picture
Feb.17.2012
That moment….  If my cousin hadn’t ditched me for one of her classmates, it might not have happened.  Or, at least, it wouldn’t have happened then…. I was twelve, and my parents and I were at my aunt and uncle’s house on Long Island for for a typical Sunday afternoon visit and dinner....