I’ve joined Gabriela Pereira’s DIY MFA’s month-long book club. I’m excited to meet new people and I’m looking forward to the prompts that will help me dig deep and understand myself better as a writer.
Prompt: How did you become a writer?
Writing is a superpower and every superhero has an origin story. What’s yours? When did you realize that you wanted to write? What motivated you to get started?
As a kid, I drew way before I even knew what writing was. I read a lot of books, but I didn’t quite understand the process of how books were made. When I was eight, I started getting away from drawing sketches and began drawing paper dolls. I would make characters up in my head, draw them from head to toe in outfits showing their personality, then I would cut them out. I played with my paper dolls more than the toys my parents bought for me.
Before long, I found out when I recorded details about conversations my paper dolls had, feelings they felt during my playtime, then when it was time to play again, I could continue the previous session. From there, my jotted notes turned into paragraphs; my paragraphs turned into pages and pages of different scenes. My little child mind just didn’t know what it meant.
In the seventh grade, I took a creative writing class. Mrs. Kirby taught us different story elements and gave us writing assignments to help us tap into our creativity. I loved every second of it. I wrote short story after short story after short story, not losing momentum. From my class notes, I even taught myself how to draw and write better comics. I was always obsessed with mystery (who am I kidding–I still am!), so all of my comics involved kids in junior high forming a detective club for their friends in class and for the kids in the neighborhood.
In the twelfth grade, I took another creative writing class. This time from a published author. He pushed me to be better and told me one day he’d see my name in print. I always held onto that and figured I could definitely be a writer as an adult. In this class, we didn’t just focus on short stories. Our teacher also taught us how to write screenplays, poetry, personal essays, etc.
Growing up, my family thought I’d be a children’s book illustrator. I was always with a sketchbook and a box of colored pencils. It really threw them for a loop when I became an author instead. What can I say–I like keeping people on their toes 🙂