My Creative Past

As I say in my website side-bar there, right under the picture of the Pillsbury Dough-Boy’s grandmother–er, I mean me–I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. I loved having stories read to me and my grandfather used to make up cautionary tales about, say, a little squirrel who didn’t look both ways before he tried to cross the street. Tv and movies were participatory activities long before Rocky Horror. How well I remember the time my mother and grandmother took wee me to the movie theater to see THE TEN COMMANDMENTS; when the Egyptian army drove ominously toward the trapped refugees and the music rose in dramatic crescendo, I stood up and shouted, “Your rod, Moses! USE YOUR ROD!

The point is, I can’t remember a time when stories were just stories. They were always templates, not documents, if you see what I mean. What if this happened instead of that? What if a character secretly had this other plan or motivation? What if the good guy were really a bad guy, or the bad guy had a soft spot for kids or….

Yes, I saved the day in a lot of those variations. I was the little girl who rode through the storm to bring the doctor to Mother’s sickbed. I was the little girl who, forbidden to go help put out the prairie fire, found and extinguished the wind-carried spark that could have burned down the house. I tamed the Big Bad Wolf with kindness when we first met on my way to Grandma’s and took him home as a pet.

Once my mother told me that creative writing was a career path, there was never anything else I wanted to do.

Now I do it.

Happily ever after.

Next week on Writerly Monday: passing notes out of class

WRITING PROMPT: How would your main character deal with a traditional fairy tale villain?


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “My Creative Past

  1. Dani Greer

    June 7, 2011 at 6:47pm

    “Please leave a comment by clicking the link at the top of the page.” 😉 I must be a natural-born bottom-feeder. Anyway, it’s interesting to read your comments, Bob, because I’m reading the book, and I’m inclined to agree about the folks you’re drinking with. Guiness for me, please. E-book choice: When Pigs Fly. :/ (insert sh*t-eat*n gr*n)

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  2. MARIAN ALLEN · To Fanfic – AND BEYOND!!!

    June 13, 2011 at 7:33am

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