People have been asking me what it’s like to have a writer for a mom for as long as I can remember. I always liked making up stories, but Mom has been my unfailing encourager and supporter throughout my writing life – my first editor, the first person I bounce new ideas off of. Mom wrote my stories down when I was too young to write myself (patiently taking time out of her own writing schedule for my extremely frequent interruptions). She typed my stories on request until I was about eight, when she taught me how to type. She gave me my first computer so I could work on my first book when I was ten. She took me to writer’s workshops, science fiction conventions, and weekly Southern Indiana Writers Group meetings, introduced me to other writers, editors, and publishers. We were our own little writer’s workshop while I was growing up, and still are, in a lot of ways. If either of us is stuck, we know the other will happily brainstorm with us over the phone.
Having an instant writing buddy in your mother is something you appreciate all the more when you’re around other writers later on, when you realize that most writers have to actively seek out other people who understand the process, the love, the frustration, the mindset that you can and will use anything as material, the sparks of inspiration, the terror of a blank page…. Writers are a little bit (or, in some cases, a lot) crazy, and it can be lonely when you’re the only one around. I consider myself extremely lucky to have always had someone around who gets it – who has as much fun as I do brainstorming story ideas, coming up with writing exercises and story challenges, explaining imaginary alternate endings to movies that could have been good (if we had written the script)…. So the answer is, having a writer for a mom is awesome. Thank you, Mom – for everything, but especially for your friendship and encouragement.
You must have had a wonderful youth, Sara, I’m so happy for you. A lovely tribute to your mother.
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Thanks! For some reason, WordPress is saying the photo is too big to display…although I’ve resized it. Oh, well. Anyway, Mom definitely deserves a tribute for all the love & support she has provided! 🙂
Thank you, Sweetie! Imagine how delight I was when you turned out to be another writerly type! I think most kids enjoy playing with reality when they’re little, but not all kids continue to appreciate the power of story and the joy of creation. Once they realize how much work is involved, they move on to other activities they find more rewarding. I got lucky with you, watching you grow into somebody for whom, “Good enough” was never good enough. You keep me on my toes. Thanks for being my best writing buddy!
Aaaaaaaaaaaargh, Marian, this is YOUR daughter? Now I understand. Amen. I rest my case. Sorry for intruding. Shutting up again now.
You’re not intruding, my dear sister from across the sea! I’m so happy you two have met! ❤
A mother and a daughter to be so proud of 😀 Happy writing!
Thank you! And I’m happy to have your comments on my blog anytime! 🙂