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Realising I’ve always had a passion for writing

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realising i’ve always had a passion for writing - lylia rose uk lifestyle b

It suddenly struck me today that without realising it, I’ve always had a passion for writing.  I’ve always been academic and enjoyed writing essays and completing coursework.  I take great satisfaction in collating information, researching and putting it altogether in my style and words.  I’d never really thought about making a hobby or career out of such skills until recently and it got me thinking.  I think there was always a writer inside me, but I just forgot.

My Grandad recently handed me an envelope.  Inside this envelope was a rather feisty letter of complaint firing somebody.  This letter was written by pencil, in an obvious child font, from a ‘very frustrated Victoria’.

Yep, the letter was from me (pretending to be an angry customer) to my Grandad (the poor pretend person I’d hired to do a job for me!)  It’s absolutely brilliant and now safely stored in my memory box.

I realised today, perhaps I’ve always had a passion for writing and in starting this blog, at first for entirely different reasons altogether, I’ve rediscovered it.  I also wonder if many bloggers did the same as me as a youngster for enjoyment?

I regularly penned fake letters to my Grandad and enjoyed doing so.  I’d sit in his home office at his typewriter and come up with the most imaginative letters I could think of.  For pure fun!  I remember longing for a typewriter of my own.

Once a bit older, perhaps eleven or so, I began writing diaries.  I have four or five diaries in a box in my attic filled with years of entries.  I believe I wrote them most days until I was 15 or 16.  I’ve not read them since.  One day I will get them down and have a good read.  Perhaps the memories will flood back.  I don’t think the reason for writing them was to always keep the memories, but because at the time it gave me something to write about.

I also have a box in the attic filled to the brim with letters.  I often had ‘pen pals’.  These were other children I met when on holiday and we’d exchange addresses with the promise of staying in touch forever.  Sadly this forever was perhaps a couple of years at most, but that’s better than most adults I’ve come across, so a good effort for a child!  I remember the excitement I felt receiving a letter addressed to me through the letterbox, running to my bedroom to rip open the envelope to see what the sender had divulged.  But, even better, penning my letter back and being so proud of the format, layout, style and stories I had told.

I vaguely remember making pretend magazines.  I loved to read magazines and loved to dream up my own.  This is a memory I’d almost lost until I recollected all the above today.  I’d make up names for my magazines and sit for hours arranging the layout, stories and pictures.  We had no computer when I was a child, let alone the internet.  I’d sit with a notebook, pens, scissors, magazines and a stick of glue!

I’m so pleased to remember all this today.  Perhaps there was an aspiring blogger inside me all along!

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  1. It's lovely that you've connected with your "inner writer". I reconnected with mine about 8 years ago and I now describe myself as a stick of seaside rock with "writer" printed through my core. I started writing when I was just under 5yrs old and wrote prolifically until I was about 16. I wrote short stories, a novel and even dabbled in Epic Poetry about The Black Death. Everything stopped when I was 16 and I was told by my career's advisor that "I'd never make any money as a writer. I needed to stop being so stupid and should go out and get a "proper job". " I believed her for 25-ish years until I stopped listening to my inner demons and found my pen again. *** Victoria's reply - I wonder now if I went back in time what I would select to do for A Levels, etc. I think I'd pick creative writing as one choice if it was an option :)

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  2. Suzie House

    What a lovely post and yes, me too! I love writing...how many half started books have I written :) *** Victoria's Reply *** Oh that's great! I'm not sure I'm a novelist, but blogging is fab as I like writing articles! Do you think you'll finish a book one day? I'd love to know what you write about :)

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  3. I often say that if I was a stick of Brighton Rock there'd be "writer" printed through to my core. I wrote my first two books when I was five and continued to write prolifically until I was 16. I wrote short stories and poetry including one epic poem about the impact of the Black Death on a small village in Wiltshire. I even started writing a thriller about a recently qualified vet and the tangled relationships that happened when a group of German tourists arrived in her village. It is strange for children to write things where adults are the main characters. I stopped when, aged 16, my career's advisor laughed out loud when I said that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. She told me to stop being so silly, knuckle down and get a "proper job." Bet she's laughing on the other side of her face now ;) I took up writing again to help me come to terms with not being able to have children and now there is no stopping me :) *** VICTORIA'S REPLY - Thank you so much for your comment. I absolutely loved reading it. You sound like a true writer and what an amazing imagination you had as a child! I'd have loved to read your stories :) What a silly advisor! I'm so glad you took up your passion again and I'm glad writing has helped you. I'm going to pop along to your website now for a looksee!

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  4. I did all of this! Such a great post! Brings back lots of memories. I had a Barbie typewriter when I was young and then upgraded to an electric one. I wish I knew where they were now! :) *** Victoria's Reply - JEALOUS! I always wanted a typewriter. My Grandad had an old school one and then an electric one and I loved both! I always dreamed of my own office with a typewriter! ***

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  5. Jess

    What a great post. I've never really thought I had a passion for writing but your story is very similar to mine. Keep it up! Good things will happen ? ***Victoria's Reply - yes I always thought it was a new thing as I guess I stopped after school. But whilst thinking about it the other day I realised I used to always write for fun and in my spare time as a child! I just forgot :) ***

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