So I was in the middle of cleaning my house, listening to my favorite contemporary band “Camera Obscura” and as I was singing/dancing along to the song “Swans” the line “So you want to be a writer? Fantastic idea!” came up.
It’s a funny thing when songs that you’ve sung for so many years all of a sudden mean something more.
I always wanted to be a writer. Always always always.
As a kid I used to write ‘books’ all the time and the greatest thing in the world were three things.
1) When I got to go to Dad’s work and use the typewriter to professionally type out my story.
2) When I got to laminate the cover, and…
3) When I could get it spiral bound.
That made me feel like my book was complete and boy was I proud.
I sent so many copies of my books to Paul Jennings when I was really young asking for advice.
I actually got personal replies from him telling me tips, sending me fact sheets, and even signed copies of his books. I was his biggest fan.
The one thing I really remember is when he told me that ‘The best way to start a book was with a first line that has great impact to get the readers attention’ His example was “On Monday I went to school with a cornflake stuck to my lip.”
My first ‘completed’ book was called ‘Bubble and Squeak’ A story about Siamese twin ghosts (Named of course Bubble and Squeak) and their daily mishaps.
Later on I began writing movie scripts and all kinds of things, and even went onto begin two courses including a performing arts course, and then a media course focusing on Video production. Both courses were places where I could write scripts, and be a writer in a very creative way.
I loved it.
Then in 2008, I started a blog called Trish Hunter Finds. A place where I wrote about my life, my Vintage finds, showed my Vintage outfits and told true stories.
I didn’t really consider that writing. It was just my brain talking on the computer…. If you know what I mean. It wasn’t fiction, it was just me, talking, kind of like a fancy diary.
I hadn’t really thought about it much, it was just a hobby at the beginning, which has now grown into a job that I love so much.
But it wasn’t until just now, literally right now, while listening to Camera Obscura, when I heard that line “So you want to be a writer? Fantastic idea!”
And I actually thought to myself, “Hmm I wish I still wrote.”
I then put two and two together and realised, “Um Trish you silly Woman, you do write, you write daily!”
I might not be writing Fiction, writing books or scripts, I might not be laminating and binding books, but I’m self publishing, I have a readership, I get paid to write my posts, and heck, I love what I do!
As someone who is doing this as a living, and to have not considered myself some kind of Author/writer is what really surprised me. I’m not a silly person, it just hadn’t actually clicked.
The title of a ‘blogger’ I think is what held me back. “I wasn’t writing I was ‘blogging’.” The difference? I don’t know. I’m sure many people will say there’s a huge difference, but in my mind a blogger is a writer. I write, and people read. That’s the two essentials right?
Hey, I know my grammar sucks, and my spelling, even with spell checker isn’t always great, but my story still tells doesn’t it?
I don’t think this makes me any less of a writer. I’m writing, I’m being creative, and people are reading and enjoying. I’ve dreamed about that for ever! And only now I’ve clicked that that’s actually what I’m doing! What a cool realisation to have.
I am vintage shop owner and I am a writer. Tada!
Amazing. What a great morning.
Thanks Camera Obscura for the epiphany.
Well that’s all from me!
Until my next post (as a continued writer!)
Trish Hunter xx