I'm Your Density... I Mean, Your Destiny

(Virtual cookies for those who know where the title comes from!)

Thank you, America, for Snickerdoodles

I was thinking about the kind of stories I love to write and while I know what my influences are, sometimes I wonder if I'm just writing out my childhood games and daydreams.  When I think back to the transition from childhood to my teens, I switched out toys and make-believe play for writing.  I even saved up my pocket money and bought a blue typewriter to write with.  I'm sure if I looked hard enough I could dig out the story I wrote on it.  You can imagine the awesome writing my eleven-year-old self produced ;)

So here's my question to you all: do you think you're destined to write stories whose roots go back into your childhood? Are you translating your old imaginary play into stories to share with a much wider audience? Or does your present life influence your work?

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  1. I love your geeky references ^^ Now I want to watch Back to the Future.

    I know I always had a taste for writing creepy stories, even when I was a child. And I kept going. I definitely think you find a taste of your 'future' when you're a child. You've already developed some interests at a young age. Some may disappear as you grow older but some linger and you develop it more to be a part of your adult life whether its a hobby or a career. My cousin loved horses when she was a kid and she now works with them. Her interest just grew and developed.

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    1. It's such a classic film. Just brilliant :D

      Isn't it great when something we loved as children follows us into adulthood? It's very satisfying.

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  2. I think a little bit of me creeps into every story I'm working on--stuff from my past and stuff from my current life. I think it's difficult not to put yourself on the page in some small way. :)

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    1. Absolutely. It'd be nearly impossible to keep your own personality out of every aspect.

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  3. Ha! Ok I HAD to read your post after seeing the title. I love Back To the Future!

    And I do think that I definitely see a lot of my earlier self in my stories. Not so much the stories I wrote back then (mostly fairytale re-tellings and things about the Oregon Trail, and/or sleepovers, and/or mice that talk) ... but more I find myself wanting to write the things I loved to READ. Those kinds of stories and voices and characters.

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    1. ;) It's a perfect film.

      lol! Aw, I'm sure there's a market for talking mice stories!

      YES! The types of books I read as a child don't seem to exist anymore, so I want to bring them back ^_^ More adventure! More mysteries. MORE AWESOME! :D

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  4. Great. Now I want snickerdoodles!

    I'd say my creative life is a loop. Everything I loved as a kid blossomed as I got older, but has the same elements. As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. I try to tap into the wonder and fantasy of childhood when I write, and definitely seek to transport readers into theirs. Not to mention the fear of the monster under the bed. There's no thrill or fear more pure and simple than a child's.

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    1. oooohmiiiigooooosh soooo goooooooood! <3

      It's so true. The things you believe in as a child feel SO real. They're good memories to tap into when writing.

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    2. On behalf of America, you are very welcome for snickerdoodles, Cole. :)

      Now I think I might make some. I'm sick but don't get a day off thanks to being a mom, so I deserve it, no?

      I think my stories have definitely been influenced by child-Kris Atkins (who was actually Kris Cooper at the time, but I digress). While none of these stories existed at the time, I've always been fascinated by world mythologies, which is where the bulk of my inspiration comes from.
      Ahhh, I remember the very first story I wrote. It was heavily influenced by Lois Lowry's Number The Stars. And then my first story as a "writer"--about a piano prodigy (although she was 20...) who had been near-homeless and not a piano player only a few years prior until a voice in her head named Seb (short for Sebastian, as in Johann Sebatian Bach) "showed up" out of nowhere and taught her to play the piano. No joke. And somehow my creative writing teacher thought I was a good writer based on that story, nurtured my budding talent, and the rest is history.
      Sadly, I think that gem has been lost. :( Sad day.

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    3. On behalf of me, I thank you, America.

      And yeah, you definitely deserve some! Feel better soon :)

      Sad indeed! INSTANT classic!

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  5. Yay George! I'd say for me it's a little of both. The concepts and type of stories I've loved since childhood are still there, and I refine how I write my own works from that framing and based on my more recent experiences.

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    1. Sounds like a good way of doing things :)

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  6. Back to the Future - George to Lorraine!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES EVER! and i love snicker doodles, too. :)

    p.s. my present way of seeing things seeps into my writing, but usually, it's me from back in the day.

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