Guess what? It's almost the weekend. I know, I'm ready for spring break, too.
|Emily in her outfit for|
So if you asked my grandparents when we were 10 year old, which one of us would spend our high school years persuading publishing and fiction writing, it would have been Emily. I wasn't scribbling stories at an early age. I didn't write stories until I was in middle school.
But looking back, there are a few signs of my writer-ly-ness when I was little. In case you need to identify young writers near you, here are my early signs of a writer.
1) Imaginary friends
I had a whole host of imaginary friends as a child. There was Kathy and Michel, and a whole bunch of others. We had adventures, and went to tea parties, we played dress up and bugged my older siblings to death. Looking back, these imaginary friends were just characters that lived in my head instead of my laptop. I had these imaginary friends when I was about 4 and they were the first signs that I'd become a writer.
Before I could read well enough to read novels by myself, I started listening to audio books. I listened to them all the time. Even once I could read, I pretty much exclusively listened to audio books for a few years. Listening to the words read aloud really helped me grow a love for words. I think that these early audio books helped train my writing ear a lot. Audiobooks read books into my soul, and I soaked them up.
3) Re-Reading Books
Once I branched into reading actual books as opposed to audio books, I starting re-reading books. My family still thinks I'm crazy for reading books over and over again. And it's not even my absolute favorite books (those I read tens of times.) But even books that I sort of liked, I'll re-read. When I was in elementary school, I did this even more. Maybe I was just afraid of branching out to unknown sections of the library, but I read the same half dozen books four times apiece. I've recently seen that this thing for rereading books is common among my fellow writers. I think it's because we just love and 'get' the story and characters, and want to 'get' them even more.
4) Reading in Odd Places
I always loved to read. I would have a book with me everywhere. But if left to my own devices, I read books in odd places. I read in trees and hammocks, on top of swing-sets and curled up in hot attics. Sometimes I hid form my homework in a closet (books and a flashlight always came with.) To me, reading wasn't boring, it was a romantic adventure to be embarked upon. And I loved starting my adventure in odd places.
What about you? Where there any early signs you'd be a writer? Did you start drawing stories before you could write, or were you a little older when you found the writing life? Leave a comment and let me know.