This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?
Well, yes, by the mere fact of DOING it. I never thought of myself as a writer but life had other plans. Here’s what happened: I wanted to learn everything possible about man’s primeval roots. I read and researched and checked out every possible book from the library. Then I went to Notre Dame’s massive library and finally Washington DC’s Library of Congress. But I was unsatisfied. Research was good with facts but not emotions, reactions, planning–stuff that couldn’t be preserved in rocks and earth.
Which is when it hit me: What I wanted was the storyline of my ancient man’s life, his descriptive setting, characterizations of all cohabitants in his homeland, and a plot that told their dramatic life-threatening story.
I’ve been working on that 22 years, due out next summer, but along the way I found I enjoyed the process of telling a story and I’ve been at it ever since. What a surprise.
How about you?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.