Recently, I was asked to participate in an author panel at a local library. Me. I could get nervous if I let myself, but what really hits me is: I am an author if I have been invited to be on an author panel!
Since that call, I have been thinking about what I will talk about (and what I will not talk about! Lol!). Like … how did I start writing?
I have journaled for many years, through many spiral notebooks, hardbound sketchbooks (I draw/doodle in them too), and moleskins I keep in my purse.
But I remember well the day I actually wrote my first fiction.
Let me set it up for you.
First: I am an introvert. I recently realized that I qualify for that label. I always thought I was just shy!
Second: I had never written fiction or anything that might become public before. (Should I throw out the journals at a certain point? Someone might read them!)
It was a warm spring day and had begun as any ordinary day. =o)
I took my laptop to the garage and set up a little nest with a drink propped on the running board of our 1930 Model A. The overhead door was open to catch the breeze, but I was literally hiding behind some boxes or something that I don’t quite remember. Yes, really. I didn’t want to be seen. Really.
When I wrote “end,” I was hooked for writing fiction and that is what I do now.
I no longer hide in the garage. I hide in my house.
But I set up my nest, minus the Model A, just like back then. Back then was 2004, I’m pretty sure.
Now I have six contemporary novels in various levels of being done, from rough, rough draft to almost ready to e-publish. I have around fifty short stories, also in different stages, from a short synopsis to finished and published. I have three children’s books, also.
All trace back to those humble, scary beginnings in that garage.
I’m glad I wrote this down, because it feels good to see how far I’ve come. I thought I’d never finish that first book, but now there are six!
I love hearing about people’s beginnings and where life has taken them. It’s good to remember how far we have come and where we are today.
Leave a comment below about where you started and let us know how far you’ve come—in any aspect of your life: emotions, faith, career, dreams.
Have a creative week!
©2015, Bonnie Lacy