I hear so many aspiring writers say that “I always knew I wanted to be a writer!”, and sometimes I wonder, “Are you telling the truth, or bullshitting just because you want to appear more credible and dedicated than you really are?” I’m a skeptic. And a complete asshole, sometimes, so naturally… I say things like, “Prove it. Cite your biographical references.”
Because I’m an asshole.
And because I did NOT always want to be a writer. I know how I GOT to that point, and thought, “THIS is what I want to do with the rest of my life. Paid or unpaid, THIS is what makes me happy.”
What I really wanted to be more than anything else in the history of the whole world ever… was Indiana Jones. I’m still waiting for Harrison Ford to either abdicate or kick the bucket, because, let me tell you, that title is still mine.
ANYWAY! I can totally link my Indiana Jones aspiration to my love for writing. Maybe not in six contacts, but I can do it.
My childhood love for Indy turned into “I want to be an archaeologist” when I got old enough to understand that, unless you work at a theme park, you can’t make a living off of being a fictional character. From there, I took to researching ancient and pre-modern cultures and traditions and found that my love wasn’t in artifacts, but in the people that experienced these epic events (or even day to day experiences that, by today’s standards, are incredible). So, I thought “I’ll be a history teacher!” Until I remembered that, as a whole, I hate teenagers. It wasn’t until I was about fifteen that I realized “I read a lot, daydream a lot, and read history text books like it’s my job. Maybe I should start writing short stories to kill time.” So I did.
Short stories grew to novellas and novellas to novels. I have two complete novels finished (unpublished) and a few half-finished burdens of my brain. I have so many short stories, I just started throwing them out because they’re cluttering my life. (I write my short stories by hand, usually, sitting at Dunkin Donuts by myself, so I have scribbly notebook paper exploding out my ears.)
So, there. I did NOT always know I wanted to be a writer. Once upon a time, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. =]
(IN FOUR CONTACTS! Also, I didn’t mean that everyone who says they always knew they wanted to be a writer is lying. Some people are telling the truth. I’m just a jerk. <3 =] )