How I Started Writing

(It’s a little grainy…but it’s me)

When I was 11 years old I wrote my first book.

I honestly can’t even remember what it was about. Nor do I still have that first book. I wish I did. I’m sure it would provide plenty of entertainment on this side of things.

I do know that I poured my heart into that book (we’re talking a “book” that was 15 hand-written pages max). I was so proud of it. It felt like such an accomplishment.

It was written in pencil. On lined notebook paper. I’m pretty sure the main character was a girl. My age. My height. Like me. A girl who had dreams. A girl who wanted to go on grand adventures. And I’m pretty sure that girl loved to write, too.

So, that’s how I started writing. I might have kept a diary before then, but – if I did – I have no remembrance of it. I really have no remembrance of writing at all before my “book.”

I should have known then. What I was born to do. Write. Spill out my heart, my dreams, my ideas, my myriad of words onto an empty page. And not even worry if someone would ever read them. Or even want to.

When I was 11 years old, I wrote because I loved to write. Because I was born to write.

That’s how I want to write now. Not for an audience. Not worried whether someone will ever read the words I write. Or even want to.

I want to write just for the love of writing.

Question: How did you start writing?


What’s the Big Idea?

We started this blog because we love a good story.

That’s the big idea behind it in a nutshell. But the extended version of the big idea is pretty awesome, too.

Truth is: we found spare moments over the last few years to dream and create and write. Out of that came a book – our first book – that is due out around the end of this year via Tate Publishing.

We want to be able to share our book with as many people as possible because (here we come full circle)…we believe it’s a good story.

And good stories are meant to be shared.

Because we love a good story, wrote our first book and now want to share it with the world – we also started this blog. It’s a creative outlet and an avenue to share stories.

On this blog we hope to cover: what we know, what we’re learning and what we hope to learn about writing & marketing. The book reviews are included because we know that good reading is foundational to good writing.

So, that’s it.

The big idea.

And it’s kind of nice to have it out in type, for the world to see.

Question: what’s the big idea behind your blog [if you have a blog]? Leave us a link to your blog in the comments so we can check it out.

A Beginning

Every story has a beginning.

Dad grew up in Tahosa Valley near Estes Park, Colorado at the base of Longs Peak. That’s Longs Peak in the background of the picture below. That’s also Dad and his two brothers, Jim and Bob…and their trusty side-kick, Jody.

So, you see, the story behind our book really started when Dad was a boy. His adventures with his brothers in the Rocky Mountains became the impetus for great things.

Jim, Jeff, Bob & Jody | Colorado Rocky Mountains | 1970

My writing career also has its roots in my childhood years. When I was 11 years old I took a stab at my first truly long story. You know, the kind that actually has chapters. I’ve been writing ever since…not really about my past but definitely influenced by my past.

To me they are both the same. Whether we write about the past or from the past, our words have the same origin: our hearts.