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Green Room - Week 34 - Day 3

Where did you get your start?

What was that first impulse (that you can recall) when you realized "This writing thing is FUN"?

Because that's what it's all about isn't it? Having fun.

That's why I started writing - and through a series of paths and projects, and outright needing something to keep myself busy, that's how I ended up starting LJ Idol. Because it's fun.

Where did the fun of writing start for you? How do you manage to replenish it day after day? Year after year?

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Admittedly, it's kind of weird talking about how much "fun" writing is when we are fast approaching the most tense time of the competition. But really, I think that's when people need the reminders to *not* sabotage themselves with stress, that it's all about having fun.

(and of course winning!! :D)

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One person who *doesn't* have to stress out this week is jexia, who won the Quick Fire http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/827595.html and has immunity in this coming poll.

Everyone else? Aren't so lucky. But then again, only one person is going to end up winning anyway - so *write what you love* and submit things *that you feel good about*!

Maybe I'm not the best person to give you advice. I put my foot in my mouth plenty of times, completely sabotaging my own goals and I'm often stressed out about things that are mostly out of my control. But that doesn't stop me from continuing to hobble on, or worry. ;)

I just try to remind myself to take a step back now and again, get some air, and hopefully get to a better place, where I can see the *fun* again. That's when I know I'm back heading in the right direction.

Your topic is DUE at 8pm EST: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/826357.html 1/3 of the current contestants already have their entries in! (Which shows how few contestants are left! :D)

Btw - my html was made of fail last night. Allison's editing service can be found at Unkind Editor

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kathrynrose
Jan. 22nd, 2015 06:14 am (UTC)
First!

I was on a "newspaper staff" in school in the 4th grade. I don't remember if I wrote anything before that. I also had a poem published that year in a regional magazine for teachers.

I've always liked words, and I read like crazy, from before the first grade, so ::shrug:: I guess my answer is always. :)
clauderainsrm
Jan. 22nd, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC)
They had newspapers back then?

or was it more of a news rock-tablet? ;)

*ducks and runs*
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roina_arwen
Jan. 22nd, 2015 06:28 am (UTC)
I've always enjoyed writing - in college I had a short article about pierced ears accepted for publication by Seventeen magazine - they paid me $25 for it but it never did get published... Ah well. Story of my life!

I still enjoy writing, but not enough that I want to attempt to write the next Great American Novel. I'll leave that to the rest of you go-getters, lol.
swirlsofblue
Jan. 22nd, 2015 06:58 am (UTC)
I've always been coming up with stories. I think when I started writing them down was when I was thirteen and my family got a computer for the first time. I got into fandom and started writing Charmed fanfic. I think I just had ideas in my head and wanted to get them out.

Do we do this for fun? I thought we did this so our muses would stop nagging us so persistently ;).
kickthehobbit
Jan. 22nd, 2015 07:02 am (UTC)
If my mom's anyone to go by, I have basically always been telling stories. I started writing when I was five or so—once I knew how to make the letters, even if the stories were, uh. Not great. :)

I started really writing in high school, when I was on the literary magazine staff. I took a bunch of fiction writing classes/workshops in undergrad, took a break from it after Season 8 of Idol, and then talon poked me to write again.

I turned out a 10K word story and was like, "oh, right, this is fun!" and...that's that? :)
clauderainsrm
Jan. 22nd, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, the high school literary magazine!


That's where whipchick and I met!
eternal_ot
Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:12 pm (UTC)
One liners is how I started..:P along with poems and people(friends) enjoyed them. A friend suggested that I should write a diary, which I was regularly irregular in updating and then graduated to a blog(same story, different medium).
Doing Nanowrimo made me realize that writing is FUN, coz I never imagine I would end up writing 50,000 words in a month.But then, was my writing good enough? Made me join LJ Idol..:) Now I don't wanna give up, though wouldn't mind taking a break now and then.
I was here to find my genre as well and I guess Short Fiction is what I am good at, is my conclusion.
xo_kizzy_xo
Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:32 pm (UTC)
Except for a work-imposed period where I didn't write because I was too busy/too tired, I've always written. It's a great way to amuse yourself when you're an only child living in the middle of a city and books -- your books, your parents' books, cookbooks -- become your de facto best friends.
anyonesghost
Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC)
I learned to read by writing "my" first book, when I was about three years old. It started off simply ("see Jane run"), and then got more complex as I took the reins. ("This is the planet Saturn. It has rings around it.")

I started writing seriously, though, when I was nine, as a result of an overabundance of worlds. There were a few false starts, but I finished my first novel when I was 14. It had two sequels, although it was meant to be a quartet, and I never did finish the series.

See, when I was seventeen, I discovered "editing." ;-) And the rest is ... well, not on historical record, because I'm too busy editing it.
theun4givables
Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:48 pm (UTC)
Hmmm.

I know I'm one of the many in the "pretty much was always writing" camp, as I remember writing full sentences in first grade and composing short stories by second. In sixth grade I created what I thought was one of the most BAD ASS scary story ever written by a sixth grader (Haunted School Bus ftw!!!), and it was at least twice as long as everyone else's short story we had to write for English. xD

But really, I was writing fanfic by the time I was 10, was posting said fanfic on fanfiction.net by the time I was 12, was considered a halfway Big Name Fan in the Invader Zim fandom at 13-14 years old (*hangs head in shame* You never quite shed your unfortunate Invader Zim phase -- especially not when you shipped ZADR like I did), and kinda died off on the fanfiction front by 16, which is when I started focusing more on original stuff than fanfiction.

I still wrote fanfic here and there for the next like, 5ish years? I kinda stopped writing after high school ended; I had a job and got married and moved and writing kinda fell to the wayside. I would dabble in it here and there, but nothing consistent until we moved back up to the mid-Atlantic area. Which, incidentally, was just before LJI S8 began, I was unemployed, and living with my dad.

S8 made it a consistent, enjoyable habit for me, once again. :)
anyonesghost
Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:15 pm (UTC)
May have home-gamed, albeit in a completely different direction from what I was expecting.
http://the-lettersea.livejournal.com/78065.html
(not serial, not poetry, not really that meta. More Bob Newhart than anything else.)
clauderainsrm
Jan. 22nd, 2015 02:22 pm (UTC)
I was always making up stories in my head, or with my toys, as a kid.

But the moment that sticks out for me is back in 5th grade when we had to write in our journals every day.

Most of the kids in class would write about what they did the previous day.

I was writing (what a realize now, but didn't think much about it at the time) as M*A*S*H fanfic, where I changed the names of the characters, but it was basically that show. (If only I had been born years later and wrote Twilight fanfic - I could have published it and made tons of money! :D)

Yes, a 5th grader writing about the horrors of the Korean War and the zany adventures of surgeons in a mobile hospital that they used to cope with what they were facing every day. I'm pretty sure it hasn't existed in a long time - but I have to wonder what my teacher was thinking when she read those! :)

She was the one who encouraged me to start writing though. So I guess she saw *something* there.
clauderainsrm
Jan. 22nd, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
So, what do you think?
swirlsofblue
Jan. 22nd, 2015 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: So, what do you think?
YES. Doooo eeeet.
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suesniffsglue
Jan. 22nd, 2015 03:24 pm (UTC)
My best friend and I were really into horror, and in 4th grade we made a book of short stories. I think there were 6 total, 3 from each of us. We worked really hard on it, printed it off, drew a cover.. her mom took it to work and made copies. We distributed it to our whole class. I think they thought we were a little weird, but overall it was an excellent experience. I wish I could find a copy. I remember that the stories were very dark!
dmousey
Jan. 22nd, 2015 03:30 pm (UTC)
My love for words and books has always been with me. I started a fire in my bedroom once by placing a towel over my bedside lamp; I thought I could then read without my dad seeing the light. I was in the middle of reading Frank L. Baum's version of the Wizard of Oz and was so engrossed I didn't notice the towel smoking.

But my dad did. (Sigh) yeah... couldn't sit for a week, but then discovered flashlights.

I was always making up songs and rhymes and when I discovered the old typewriter in my closet it was over...

lrig_rorrim
Jan. 22nd, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
I wrote a book of pig jokes when I was a wee little tiny critter, like 4 or 5. I started writing short stories in elementary school - essay responses on tests, English assignments, whatever. I've always been a reader (started at age 3 and haven't looked back) so making my own stories just seemed natural. For me, the part of writing that's the most fun is just spinning worlds up and seeing where they go - with these parameters and these kinds of things going on, what sort of societies develop? How would people relate to one another if (_insert ridiculous concept here_)? What would it do to a person to actually have to deal with the physical reality of this trope, or that crazy situation, or...? That stuff is great fun for me.
hosticle_fifer
Jan. 22nd, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
I won a writing award in sixth grade for a poem I'd written about the woods around my childhood home. Like, assembly, called up in front of the school, my parents were there without me knowing, it was a big to-do.

Aside from a few creative writing classed, most everything I wrote after that was game-oriented, actually - mostly D&D campaigns. My wife says I put on a good story, usually as horrifying as I can make it, so hopefully that was all worth the time.

I would often get snippets of ideas that I'd add to a big text file, but it was Idol that forced me to flesh ideas out and finish them as cohesive pieces.
clauderainsrm
Jan. 22nd, 2015 06:04 pm (UTC)
I remember a few of those "surprise awards" from elementary, middle and even into high school.

I seem to recall that the English Department in high school gave whipchick their usual award, and completely made one up for me our senior year! :)

(or maybe they made them both up! Memory is a big wonky on that one)
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