On Being An Apple Tree #amwriting

When I was teaching creative writing, I began every weekly class with “words of wisdom” written on the board. Here’s one of my favorites.


I was making up stories — not to get out of trouble, but for my own entertainment — as early as I can remember. I was writing down my stories and trying to get helpful feedback before I ever thought of submitting them. Making them up, writing them down, sending them out many times before I ever placed or sold one.

I’ve been lucky in getting a good number of stories over the right desk at the right time. I’ve been lucky to partner with extremely talented people to form Per Bastet Publications, where my work can get honest and usable critiques and can then be published.

But what if I hadn’t been lucky? What if I’d never sold a thing?

I can pretty well guarantee that I’d still be writing stories or, if I had nothing with which to write, making stories up. If I had nobody to tell my stories to, I’d still be telling them to myself. That’s just the kind of apple tree I am.

Are you an apple tree?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about someone who has no encouragement to do what they love to do most.




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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 “On Being An Apple Tree #amwriting

  1. Dan Antion

    December 5, 2016 at 8:57am

    People love stories. I choose (hope) to be a storyteller.

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  2. Alana

    December 5, 2016 at 9:41pm

    I’ve been taking pictures since I was around eight years old. My Dd enjoyed photography, too. Can I still be an apple tree?

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      Marian Allen

      December 6, 2016 at 8:35am

      Hey, I’m not the apple tree sheriff! 😀 I’d say Michener meant that, as Joseph Campbell put it, you need to follow your bliss. Sounds like you’re doing that. 🙂

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