Saturday, August 18, 2018

Why did I Begin to Write? By Connie Vines #Round Robin #08/18/2018

This month’s topic sent me down memory lane.

Yes, like most novelists, I penned stories at a young age, had the ferreting instincts of a seasoned reporter, and possessed a quirky way of looking at life (my writer’s voice).  I know it annoyed my family, friends, and teachers.  However, when anyone needed unbiased information, or a detailed replay of an event which had taken place in the long-ago-past, I was, and I still am, the go-to person.

As I’ve written before, I grew up in a nomadic, career naval family.  Attending an average of three schools per year, made me an observer of people.  So, it was only natural for me to have the building blocks for future fictional characters stored away in my subconscious. Knowing the life of a reporter was not a career for me (calls at 3:00 AM to drive to who-knows-where and see who-knows-what), I decided to write for magazines and other publications instead.

When my children were young, I wrote for Jr. Medical Detective, Humpty Dumpty Magazine, religious publications, and I had a column featuring writing-tips.

I joined Romance Writers of America when a close friend of mine (Thank you, Shirlee), suggested I attend a meeting in Orange County where her sister was co-president of the chapter.  This was during the ‘golden-age’ of romance writing.  I attended talks, workshops and screen writing classes—wonderful training grounds for genre fiction.

This is what brought me into the world of writing a 55.000 + word novel. 

I still write short-stories and novellas, but the challenge of plotting a novel is something I enjoy.  The opening hook, character motivation, plot-twists are exciting, even though the mental energy often results in sleepless nights. Still, the characters continue to speak to me.  I am compelled to tell the story.

My first romance, under a pen-name, was published by Kensington Publishing under the Precious Gems imprint. We, Precious Gems, have kept in touch over the years.
We also have a blog titled, “Gems in the Attic” that we each contribute to (my blog is the 1st Monday of each month).  Currently, nine of us have an eBook sampler titled “Love, Forever” downloadable for FREE.

Please visit the other members of our Round Robin Blog and read what each one has to share!

Happy Reading!

Victoria Chatham
Skye Taylor
Judith Copek
Dr. Bob Rich
Beverley Bateman
A.J. Maguire
Fiona McGier
Margaret Fieland
Rhobin L Courtright


anne stenhouse said...

Recognise that feeling of being an observer, Connie. I always felt my first play, about Saturday work in the co-op, was sitting in my head and I just pulled it and the story uncoiled onto the page. anne stenhouse

Rhobin said...

Hi Connie, I didn't start writing that early or attend 3 different schools in one year! Whew! Your early writing gave you some great experience.

Skyewriter said...

Opposite from you, my dad was out of the military when I was born and I grew up in once place, but as an adult I've been far more nomadic. I love travel, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and places and as you say - that kind of life provides a fertile ground for the birth of characters in our heads!

Victoria Chatham said...

I really disliked the swapping and changing that went on with moving schools because of the disparity between the curriculums. Labeled as a 'troublemaker' in one school, I was in further trouble when I told my teacher I was bored with class because I'd already done the work in my last school.

Beverley Bateman said...

Interesting nomadic life but it taught you to observe and search out stories and contributed to the writer you are today.

Fiona McGier said...

I'm glad to find that other authors feel "compelled" to write their stories. My friends and family sometimes suggest that I shouldn't waste what little time I have when I'm not working, trying to write stories that don't sell enough for me to get any royalties. It's hard to get them to understand that now that I've started, I can't stop! The voices won't let me! ;-D

Jean Wright said...

My Dad was a Navy man too. It has always been fun when someone asks where I was born and my answer gets to be "Japan." I am so very caucasian that it makes them do a doubletake most of the time. Granted, it wasn't always fun. School years were hard and instead of being labeled interesting, as I am now, there was the label "weird" which, of course, led to the outcast status. But I'm thinking I'm in good company since most authors hold that status.

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