“Live A Life Worth Writing About”

I have known my entire life that I wanted to be a writer. I used to write kid’s stories when I was younger. I even wrote one from the point of view of my dog. It was absolutely terrible but I was so proud of myself. That will always be my first finished project. My parents thought my dreams of being a writer were silly. They thought I should find a more realistic career choice.

Through school, I took every English and writing class I could. I was in the creative writing club and spent as much time as I could writing. I listened to my parents and went to college and will never forget what one of my English Professors told me. He was very narcissistic and said that to be a good writer we needed to live a life worth writing about. No one understood what exactly he was saying so he went on further to explain. He said we needed to travel and only write about fancy jobs, interesting people, and exotic places.

A little background, I come from a poor family. I have never had anything handed to me. Everything I have I work hard for. My parents didn’t help me pay for school. I am thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

For my professor to say this, I was devastated. All I could think about was how was I going to have the money to do all these amazing things. I started to question my dreams of being a writer. I transferred to a different school that specialized more in creative writing and met an amazing professor. My favorite creative writing class was taught by Professor Payne. He is a published environmental nonfiction writer. His writing is phenomenal. One day after class he held me back so he could talk to me. He told me my writing was very good and that he thought my dream of being a writer was spot on. I shared with him my fears of not living an interesting enough life to write about. He laughed and explained to me that the life we live now is more than worthy of being written about. He told me my job at an animal shelter could lead to a mystery novel or my past jobs or friends or even family could lead to an amazing novel.

I totally agree with him. I live in a small town where nothing ever happens. But that’s the perfect setting for a book. Make something happen.

So now that I have returned to my journey of writing a novel and being published, I’m so excited to use the life I have. Would I like to travel and gain more worldly experience? Yes. And I will one day. Right now I plan to use what I have as inspiration and then go from there. I have all the time in the world to travel and write exotic novels.

What is your greatest inspiration for your writing?

Published by Ashleyhouck

I’m a stay at home mom to 3 wonderful angels and many fur babies.

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  1. One of my favorite writers, David Giffels (in an interview I conducted on my blog, if you’re interested) extols the virtues of writing about the “unglamorous” places. Easy to write about Paris, he said, but to do justice to a “regular old” place takes real talent. Also, for me, one of the most interesting things about discovering new characters is watching them work. Whether at an animal shelter or any other real job, I love to live through characters at work. I don’t want to read about someone on vacation. I want to read real. Keep going. Keep writing!

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  2. I am glad you have returned to writing. I am so tired of people giving bad advice about what it takes to be a writer. I hate travelling and have no interest in meeting interesting people just to write about them.

    After all, Robert Louis Stevenson was bed ridden when he wrote treasure island. He wasn’t travelling around.

    Good luck with your writing

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  3. Wow, this is really relatable. I know what you mean. Traveling is an eye-opening experience and can certainly give you a new perspective on life and on writing. My love for writing stems from movies. I know that sounds like What? But it just happened that way for me. I always was gravitated towards horror movies and one day I just dabbled on some horror writing–something I hoped would be transferred on the screen. I am also very young and somewhat naive, for I’ve never traveled much, but I don’t think that matters. Writing doesn’t have to be extravagant. It can be simple as long as you can connect with readers. As long as you have a good story and characters. I think a story centered on a small town where nothing happens is quite an excellent premise. Good luck

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