Notes From My 10 Year-Old-Writer Self: Why do you write?

On my quest to find a good book in our house’s mini-library, I discovered a book called “A Writer’s Notebook: The Ultimate Guide to Creative Writing”. It was one of the many books I bought at the school book fair during 5th grade. It is a writer’s how-to guide to molding the creative minds of elementary children in, what I’m assuming, hope of shaping the mind of the next Stephen King. Though I think this book is way more helpful.

Why did I even buy this book. Because apparently I was a creative writer even then? Though, I think the only thing I wrote back then was poetry and short stories we HAD to write during class as a grade. I wasn’t really going out of my why to become a professional writer…yet.

The book was intended to get the reader’s creative juices flowing, but I apparently did pay attention to that aspect. I basically used it as a diary mixed for my ramblings that may or may not have pertained to the topic on the page. I wasn’t yet filled with teen angst, but my imagination was as wild as ever. What a weirdo.

My first chance to write in the book came with the second page and the topic “Why write?” Kind of a complex question to ask a 10-year old, in my opinion. The entry was dated: October 18, 1999.

Here are my answers :

  1. To feel better about something.
  2. If you enjoy something interesting and you can write it out.
  3. To look over things to remember.

I do agree with my 10-year-old writer self with answers 1 and 2. I still like writing when I have a bad day. Blogging became my cure for stress when I was completing my final year of college. It’s the whole reason why I started writing again.

That last one confuses me. Did I mean to say “writing down your memories like in a diary”? Or was I rambling for no reason?

The next section says: Some writers write because they like to explore and investigate. What do you suppose they might looking for? (Again, a very random question to ask a 10-year old).

My answers:

  1. They might be looking for something interesting or something to investigate (Ha! Answered the question by restating the question! That’s how stupid/confusing I found the question to be).
  2. They might feel like they are looking for something special or different.

I’m still confused as to what they mean by saying writers write “to explore and investigate”. If it was pertaining to a script, this would be my reasons for writing my character breakdowns. But other than that, I think writing helps jump start your ideas.

This baby is writing the next international best seller, “Lord of the Teething Rings.” Baby geniuses are everywhere!

What’s amusing  is I never really saw myself as a writer. Sure I would write short stories I had hoped I would make into a book for my friends and family to read. But not to make millions off of it.

To me, it was a hobby I loved to do.  Just as I loved to make jewelry or make mud sculptures.  That doesn’t automatically mean it’s my profession. Now it has become more of my profession because I’ve finally acknowledged it and even get paid for it.

Thanks, my 10-year-old self, for your somewhat helpful, confusing words of wisdom.


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