Thursday, December 22, 2011

I have a childish habit

I've been writing forever. Or at least what my nineteen years feels like forever is (which, to some people like my mother, isn't so long to them). But, for as long as I've had the ability to put pencil to paper and form words, I've written. And so of course, as a kid, I didn't know proper terms like manuscript. I just wrote stories, that's what I called them, that's what everyone else called them.

Now, ten years later, and I still fight back to write or say "story" when I refer to my own work. But I'd rather say "my story" instead of "my book" or "my manuscript." I don't know what it is. I want to be grown-up and professional, out of my self-illustrated cover and table of contents smudged in pencil and into real shiny covers and formatting. But I can't let go of my stories. Maybe it's habit, and maybe it's something else. Maybe it's holding on to the excitement and thrill I got as a kid writing down the people and places in my head. It may also be that I've always focused on the actual story and not the writing (which, of course I learned a few years ago is actually important).

Now that this is out in the open I just might keep on referring to FORGET ME NOT as my story. Because despite everything I know now, it's really that child-like excitement that keeps me writing.

(And for kicks, here's a picture from my childhood)
Me and my brothers. First day of 3rd grade for me. 


  1. Story sounds good to me! Stick with it girl!

    And you were such a cute 3rd grader!! :)

  2. In my opinion being able to tell a good story is more important than all the technical nonsense and it's probably the most difficult skill to master. So take pride in your story telling's a gift :)

  3. I agree with Kelley. You were such a cute 3rd grader & I love your brother's (younger?) gap-toothed smile! :)

    Don't get caught in naming what you like doing - just keep doing it. Writing stories or novels or manuscript is the same. They are WRITING, first and foremost. :)

  4. I have the same problem. But at the end of the day they're the same thing, so it doesn't really matter what you call it.

  5. Aren't you just adorable? Am I correct in noticing you are a middle child? If so, howdy fellow middle child :-)

    And hey, I'm much older--though not telling how much lol!!!--and I still refer to my work as a story, novel-in-progress, story, tale...yeah, lots of things.

  6. I do the same thing - my stories. I had a lot of ridiculous ones when I was a kid. And I think I had the exact same style in 3rd grade. Ponytails, long brown bangs and overalls. Cute!

  7. precious!

    thanks for sharing your story memories

  8. Smiling at your post :-) Cute pic too!

  9. Unlike you, I had pretensions of being a "novelist" at the age of 9. Still haven't actually completed a novel at 31, on account of being ridiculously perfectionistic, but hopefully I will some day.


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