Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Have you always?

Put pen to paper; fingers to keyboard; crayola to the wall? Have you always wanted to be a writer? (assuming you are and haven't just accidentally stumbled across my blog because you were Googling Becky Taylor the British pop star or Rebecca Taylor the oh so fantastic fashion designer. Darn it husband with the most common last name on the planet!)

Or, worded differently, have you always written (wrote?--it's like 3:00am and neither sounds write--right?) and only recently (and I mean within the last 10 years recently) considered pursuing the publishing brass ring? And can you even make cents--sense? of this blog post? (Enough!)

I can't sleep and I'm feeling nosy. Tell me a story, tell me your story.   


  1. I've started pursuing publication within the past ten years, but I've always loved a great story. I'm surprised the progressions didn't happen earlier!

  2. Laura, I know what you mean. I've thought up written down various stories my whole life...why did it take me so long to think of pursuing it?

  3. Becky, I did just stumble across your blog from Jen Daiker's and love this post. I like sleepy blogging LOL! I have always written in some form, but didn't decide to write seriously (in the hopes of getting published) until just over a year ago. I'm looking forward to where the road I'm on takes me. New follower!

  4. I've always read but for years considered being an author an unattainable goal for a big hairy redneck from Texas. Then I met a local writer who mentored me and of the last decade I've beat my head against the wall trying to disprove my original notion.

  5. I've written on and off, but never really considered pursuing publication. To me, writers were these amazing, creative people who were so artistically out of my league that I couldn't possibly ever be one. I look at certain authors and still feel this way. I'm such a type A personality that I can't quite say that I'm COMPELLED to write. That seems selfish--I've got mothering and laundry and responsiblities, so writing is a pleasure. A hobby. It's hard to admit how much I want this for a lifestyle :)

  6. When I was in college I wanted to write but could never do anything longer than a short story, so I quit. But I always had a story going in my mind. A little over a year ago I decided I wanted to see if I could write something novel length. Surprise! I did. In 30 days. What a waste that I never tried writing again sooner. Now I'm trying to make it worth someone's time to read. I'm toying with attempting publication, but I'm having so much fun with the writing I may never move on.

  7. I love reading about all of your experiences...it makes me feel like I know you a little better (and a little less alone in this crazy process.)

    Lindsay, I'm so happy you came over and thanks for the follow. I'll do the same.

  8. I'm poking through your archive. :D

    I've been writing from the moment I learned how to write. I used to write stories for my first grade class and read them out loud. I wrote my "complete" book (thirty-six handwritten pages) when I was eleven. I can't NOT write. Sometimes, when I finish a book, my brain shuts down on the creative writing front for a few days to a few weeks (once a few months) and I go a little crazy during that time, because I want my writing back. ;)

    As far as publication--my co-author and I started writing a book together a little over seven years ago. It took us two years to write it, then it was several years before we pursued publication. (It is a very long story.) We found an inspirational publisher who wanted our book, signed the contract, and then waited another two years before the book went to print. Now it's back in the waiting game for our next books (and one I wrote alone) to be published.

    Publication wasn't something I'd ever really thought of seriously until I DID. It was just this far-off, distant, that-will-probably-never-happen dream.