Origins of Creativity in Writing

There are numerous Blogfests running on any given day. Some are ongoing and others are one shots. With all that run, I do tend to pick around the lot, finding the ones that really interest me…and, hopefully, you.

Origins: When did your writing dream begin? is the brain child of DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude,  and he has three co-hosts: Katie Mills aka Creepy Query Girl ; Matthew MacNish at The QQQE ; and Alex Cavanaugh at Alex J. Cavanaugh.

To find the other blogs participating in this blogfest, click HERE or the Origins logo. There are close to 200 writers participating. Check them out.

I’ve also written a Flash Fiction piece  Origins: Entitled on my creative fiction blog, Tale Spinning. I hope you enjoy the story.

I can’t really pinpoint an exact time when writing became one of my dreams. It feels like it’s always been there, at the back of everything I’ve done in my life.  I don’t feel I’ve ever been tied down to wanting to “be” just one thing, ever. When I have done that, I find that I tend to get bored: especially the times when I’ve played the money game (read: non-creative pursuits).

As a kid, I read comics, watched TV and went to the movies. Outside of school projects, I would create little things for myself. Mini-comics were a way to pass time when I was bored in class. I’d take paper and fold it down, and then again, creating a sequential booklet for myself to draw in (lots of stick figures) and write short pieces. These would get passed around to friends later. I don’t remember ever getting caught.

There were stories I wrote for sleep-away camp newspapers, mainly mash-ups (yes, plagiarisms) of others work, combining different elements into one piece. While never criticized for that, I was often praised for “imaginative writing” and writing skills. I knew the truth, and just shrugged my shoulders.

High school changed that. I worked on the DeWitt Clinton newspaper for a year, writing articles, learning the craft of setting up the newspaper from scratch. I was really involved, and was going to be promoted to an editor’s slot when my parents told me we were moving to Westchester County. While my dreams of the paper were shot at that point (the new HS paper was not very open to someone new coming in), I did continue to write.

Off and on, I would write poetry, short stories, begin ideas for novels…and more times than not they would languish, first just as a pile of legal pad paper and then committed electronically and saved. All through this, I was always hoping I’d have my name on a book (or comic book) as a writer. It was a passing dream that wove itself throughout most of my life, a goal I always hoped I’d achieve.

2011 saw a new stage of writing for me. I created my second blog, Tale Spinning, for experiments in creative writing. Starting only in February of that year, I wound up writing close to 200 short pieces of fiction. I’ve now had two short stories published in anthologies, have my own eStory published, received a number of blogging/writing awards, been asked to write a number of guest blogs, and have won a few online writing contests.

Still to come: holding that physical book with my name on the cover in my hands.

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Arlee Bird
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 01:26:24

    Ah yes, the physical book. Maybe you’ll have to settle for an ebook the way things are going. An Ebook would be okay, but that physical book–especially a hardcover–would be an ultimate dream in my thinking.

    Good story.

    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z


  2. Emily R. King
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 11:10:19

    I agree that I never wanted to grow up to be just a writer. I thought writers were people who wrote when they had spare time on their hands. Ha!
    I, too, found my love of writing in High School. It’s a great age to learn self-expression. Now if only you could shut me up. : )


  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 12:06:18

    Holding that book in your hands will be worth the wait, I promise!


  4. RAAckerman @
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 12:10:24

    Ah, writing.
    Being an engineer (accountant, management specialist, medical specialist, among others), one would expect that to be not among my boxes. But, I, too, served as a writer and editor (of newspapers and journals), as well as texts (boring- I hope not) and prose/poetry…
    The “greening” of one’s mind knows no bounds.


  5. Li @Flash Fiction
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 19:30:27

    Next up – try your hand at a graphic novel? :-)) Don’t worry, you’ll have that book one day. Keep plugging away! (And I’ll expect an autographed copy, mind.)


  6. Tonja
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:49:18

    I agree, it would be cool to have a paperback book in a bookstore. I know, I know, they may not be there forever, but I hope they will.


  7. Jerly
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 00:14:38

    For me writing is therapeutic. writing is for my mind part of its essential function of settling down all random thoughts and organise them into one manageable bundle. But I really admire the tale spinning which seems beyond me as of now as it requires quite a lot of imagination!! So thats one up..:)


    • bornstoryteller
      Feb 14, 2012 @ 06:59:27

      Writing has been therapeutic and cathartic. It’s been freeing, too, as it’s a creative part of me that gets to be explored. No one up: writing is writing, and I can’t see it as a competition. Thanks Jerly.


  8. Rek
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 01:29:43

    A paperback would be the ultimate high but will settle for just being able to have the imagination last a lifetime. Good luck… Perseverance is supposed be the key word for writers.


  9. Julie
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 02:19:52

    Congratulations on your eStory, and I also believe that your hardcover book is right around the corner! Best of luck Stuart!


  10. DL
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:45:33

    I imagine quite a few of us never dreamed of actually writing professionally when we first dipped our pens in the magical waters, but the ones who formed a dream and plugged away at it have decided to take it to the next level. Thank you for sharing your ORIGIN with us.


  11. The Golden Eagle
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 15:06:13

    Thanks for sharing your origins story!

    I’m sure you’ll have a physical copy in your hands in the (near!) future. 🙂


  12. Annalisa Crawford
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 11:34:30

    I used to fold down paper into little books, but I’d always get frustrated that the pages didn’t line up. Cue, time for A4 pads of paper!


  13. Nutschell
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 12:25:32

    HI Stuart
    A bit tough to get to 212 people in one day, so I’m sorry for the late Origins blogfest visit . I think all of us share that same dream of holding a physical book with our name on it in our hands. One day, you’ll get there. I’m sure.

    your newest follower,


    • bornstoryteller
      Feb 15, 2012 @ 17:06:12

      I’m STILL trying my hand at getting to the majority, if not all, by the weekend. No problems: 212 is a lot of blogs to read. Thank you for the support. Much appreciated.


  14. Cherie Reich (@bookworm0753)
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 15:14:51

    Great origin story! And good luck having that book you can hold soon (although I still heart ebooks too). 🙂


  15. Jennifer Hillier
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 16:47:25

    Wonderful origins story. Makes me realize how much we writers all have in common – most of us seem to know that we were meant to write from a young age.

    Nice to meet you!


  16. Dianne Salerni
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 22:06:33

    Hi, Stuart! Nice to meet you!
    I agree — some of us are born to tell stories. Even if it’s not our career choice, that storytelling just spills out anyway. I know it does for me, every time I teach history to my 5th grade students!

    Today, in fact, I told them the story of Benedict Arnold, Peggy Shippen, and John Andre.


  17. zencherry
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 20:50:50

    Well now…you are awesomeness. That book in your hands? It’s certain to come with all that talent flowing out of you on a daily basis.


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