Hey, as you probably know already, my name is Lara and as I wrote in my about section I love to write. Since I was a little girl I scrambled words on pieces of paper wherever I found a blank space. I remember my dad being mad at me because I wrote a little poem on the backside of his business papers.
However I never gave it much thought and I never found it a particularly special skill until I got to college. I study languages and let’s just say we had to write a TON of essays for our English class. I remember that I was the only one who wasn’t bothered by that. Okay, an essay, what’s a big deal? 1000 words isn’t that much. My roommates were also my classmates and I saw them struggling to get 1000 words on a paper so much that I started to wonder, why was it so easy for me? I just sat down, always with the main script already in my mind and I just started writing. For me the only hard thing about it was the struggle to write ONLY 1000 words.
So I started to pay more attention to it. I listened carefully at school when we talked about writing, taking notes like never before. I went through all my old notebooks that I bought when I was 10 so that I could write and I read all those stories I wrote back then. I laughed at myself because they were silly and the vocabulary was awful, but hey, it was a start!
I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t have but one thought in my head: Why do you want to write so badly? I had no clue where all this passion for writing came from. I was among all those kids in school when I frowned upon the fact that I have to read a book and then suddenly everything changed…
I wanted to read and read and read and as quickly as the Cookie Monster eats his cookie I found myself reading almost every day, buying books from Amazon and just simply being obsessed by these imaginary worlds that writers create.
The first memory I have of reading something that took me from Earth and put me right into the book world was when I was about 11 and I took the first 3 Harry Potter books to our family vacation. It was the first time that I wanted to be on the beach more than in the water. The books simply consumed me. I fell in love, still am and probably forever will be with Harry Potter books. What J. K. Rowling wrote is a pure masterpiece to me and thanks to those books she gave me so much memories and such passion for imaginary worlds that I can’t imagine living without them.
That is why I decided to write. I have so many ideas in my head, it’s hard to shush them out. So I started to write short stories, started to gather my ideas in notebooks (I have way too many of them) and just simply creating this little worlds that dwell in my head. That is also one of the reasons I started to write this blog. So I can free my mind, so I can have a little online diary of things I find out and learn about life, just like I’ve learned that I want to be a writer, when I grow up.
As they say, there’s always someone who inspires you to do something. To try it on your own, to see if you’re any good at it. I tried to write, I fell in love with it and I am not looking back. We might live in a world without magic, mystery and myths, however we have the ability to make those 3 M’s come to life. And I think that’s a pretty extraordinary power for creatures that cannot fly.
Read with you later, Lara.