It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world–or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Every month, the organisers announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. Remember, the question is optional!!!

OPTIONAL January 8 question – What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Did you just “know” suddenly you wanted to write?

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

Thinking about this question was like going back in time in my mind.

I thought it started when I wrote my first children’s story at seventeen. Why? It was the perfect escape from my life as a teen mum, living in a squalid upstairs flat, washing twenty dirty nappies in the bathtub every day, and making macaroni cheese with a different flavouring every night for dinner.

Then I thought no, it started further back than that. It started when I was seven and had first learned how to read and write. At school, I was a natural-born leader and could organize all the other crying kids into happy games of ring-a-roses and so on. However, I couldn’t do math, I struggled to learn to tell the time for years; I found every subject difficult apart from English because that was when invariably they would ask us to write a story. I can even remember one of the story prompts from when I was seven, ‘I was so scared when…’

1343204339

Every time the teacher asked the class to write a story, I would pick up my pencil and let fly with my imagination. There was ever a story to hand, I was never without one, and they tripped easily off the end of my pencil with ‘gay abandon’ as they used to say in the 60s. Suddenly I felt empowered suddenly I felt alive and suddenly I felt I could do anything!  I knew I could write a story. It felt wonderful to be sure of myself and to get good marks and encouragement for my work.

I loved expressing myself in the written word even then.

But the more I thought about it the more I thought no, it started further back than that. It began back when I used to tell my little brother spontaneous stories in our “curtain game” which we used to do when I was four and he was two.

1343204318

We had picture curtains displaying bright images of toys, dolls, trucks, and pets, and the game we used to play was to pick a picture and tell a story. My brother’s stories were a few words long while my stories could stretch on for fifteen minutes. I found story telling came to me easily, the ideas, the characters, the scenes tumbled out effortlessly, and the process gave me great joy.

Writing the stories down on paper began at seven, so I guess you could say my “writing journey” started properly then.

Into my twenties and thirties, I still wrote with pen and paper. I would spout off about how I liked the tactile aspect and that the thoughts seemed to flow more easily from brain via pen to real paper, and so on and so forth. But when I faced typing up the first draft of The Chronicles of Aden Weaver, in 2010, I had the unenviable task of typing up a 300,000 word handwritten manuscript. I chopped the story into three sections and I still had a huge job before me. I roped in a few people to take a few thousand words each, to make it less daunting. And it helped.

014

However, when I finished that task, I felt burned. I never wrote another story with pen and paper. And you know what? I can write stories perfectly well on a computer, I’ve discovered the story writing is the same and you have the benefit of not having to transcribe your own tiny handwriting afterwards! Win-win. I published the first book in The Chronicles of Aden Weaver series, The Or’in of Tane Mahuta in 2015, the follow-up, The Sasori Empire in 2017, and the third book in the trilogy, The Last Tree is due out this year. It’s been a thrilling journey so far. I love writing stories no matter the medium, and I can’t wait to see where I go in the decade ahead.

I love writing fiction! Do you?

DSC_1091

Keep Writing!

Yvette K. Carol

*

 

“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.” ~ Goethe

*

Subscribe to my newsletter by emailing me with “Newsletter Subscription” in the subject line to: yvettecarol@hotmail.com

Comments
  1. emaginette says:

    I do like writing fiction and would like to suggest if you love paper and pen, treat yourself to a fountain pen. I got one for my birthday this year and have had a blast trying out all the lovely ink colours available today.

    ‘Til next time. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jacqui Murray says:

    That was fun, how you kept going further and further back. And I like how you transitioned from pen to keyboard. It does speed things up, doesn’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

    • yvettecarol says:

      Sometimes, when I’m pondering what to write for a blog post, I’ll realize that it sparked a whole series of thoughts, and I get interested in the process of one’s thoughts when thinking about sharing parts of oneself with the world. And yes, thank goodness for computers!

      Like

  3. Hi. Yeah, writing on a computer is so much easier than on a typewriter or using paper and pen. I wouldn’t want to go back to the old methods. See ya!

    Liked by 1 person

    • yvettecarol says:

      Yes, I’m a true convert, too. Can you remember how diabolical it was working on a typewriter? I used to make so many mistakes it drove me crazy. The “good ole days, huh?” Computers are fabulous things. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Debbie Johansson says:

    What a great game you used to play with your brother and a wonderful start to using your imagination. Congratulations on getting your books published! It’s good to see that persistence pays off. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • yvettecarol says:

      We made the game up ourselves, too, it wasn’t suggested to us. I can remember as children we were far more interested in stories than perhaps kids are these days. We used to sit at the kitchen table and listen to stories on the radio on Sunday mornings for an hour, and we really looked forward to it all week!
      Thanks for the encouraging comment, Debbie. Isn’t it the best to see your stories ‘come to life’ as books? 🙂

      Like

  5. cleemckenzie says:

    What a long and lovely writing journey you’ve had. I liked that writing has threaded its way through almost your entire life. May 2020 see more fruits from your talented efforts.

    Liked by 1 person

    • yvettecarol says:

      I hope so. Thank you for the lovely comment, I appreciate the generosity of spirit.
      I’ve always loved books and reading in general, too. The Native American Indians have a saying, “Tell me a fact and I’ll listen. Tell me a truth and I’ll hear. Tell me a story and it’ll live in my heart forever.” Stories make the world go round!

      Like

  6. Olga Godim says:

    Unlike you, Yvette, I started writing late in life, when computers were already common, so I started writing on a computer. I never looked back. Trying to write an entire novel on paper first, before typing it on my computer, seems like a horrible prospect to me. I think maybe that was what kept me from writing before the computer age: the need to write by hand and the general unavailability of computers. Who knows?
    Although I have to admit: my son writes on paper first before he types in his stories. He said it helps him think. Yes, my son is a writer too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • yvettecarol says:

      Interesting. Perhaps it is a thing for writers to feel a connection to paper and the physical act of writing things down?
      Yet I also enjoy the immediacy of typing. I don’t blame you waiting for technology before you started. Typing saves a lot of precious time.

      Like

  7. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    Sometimes when I struggle with a scene, writing it with pen on paper does help — but, yeah, writing an entire novel like that and then having to type it is a daunting task! I’m so glad that storytelling has helped you so much 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Dear Yvette. Officially Happy New Year to you and your lovely family and loved ones.
    Thank you for the story of your journey, inspiring, and Goethe’s quote, so true. If you want things to get done or to change, act upon it I say. No use discussing or trying to convince, set the example, and in the long run, people will follow suit.
    Unfortunately, am still at the stage when I need to write with my fountain pen in my various notebooks. But I have decided to act upon it by using the A to Z challenge this April to write up extracts from my novel in progress, typing them and posting them over 30 days. We’ll see how that turns out ! Ha !
    I’m glad to announce that I’ve been accepted by Cinnamon Pencil Press for a mentoring programme to get my Poetry collection From the Shadows up to publishable standards. Thanks again for your invaluable help and feedback back in March. We’ll be working on 60 poems including the original 25 that I had selected, organizing them into a collection and exploring the best ways to pitch it to publishers over a period of 10 months. £1000 … Should be worth it I think.
    Ta ta for now, see you next week on IWSG. Have an inspiring weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s