WHEN AND WHY DID I BEGIN WRITING?

For as long as I can remember, I have always had stories to tell and I was eager to find a way for these stories to be heard. When I was young, my parents would supply me with whole truck loads of yellow tablets, which I used to draw stories. When I was in sixth grade, I started to tell stories in words instead of pictures and developed the ambition to have my work published. When I write, my autism allows me to visually see the story taking place inside my head as though it were a movie. Then I would write down exactly what is happening in the movie as I imagine it. Also, it gives me a strong memory and allows my brain to store and record vast amounts of information as though it were a computer hard drive. In a way, writing has become a form of meditation and therapy for me. When I write, I am able to channel the emotions I feel about certain topics into words when a character faces a certain situation or when I create a new character. For example, when I created the villain of my first book, I based him on all of the bullies who harassed me when I was young. When the main characters fight him, it was a way for me to express all of the emotions I developed when I was dealing with those individuals.

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13 thoughts on “WHEN AND WHY DID I BEGIN WRITING?”

  1. Sounds similar to what I do. I like to visualize the story like a movie before writing, which often involves me sitting in place with my eyes shut as if I were daydreaming (I think it sort of IS daydreaming). However, I don’t remember everything perfectly or even hit most of what happened. I’m a little bit jealous there. Good to hear how writers work. It’s like looking through a curtain. Keep up the good work!

  2. It’s interesting, isn’t it – autism is supposed to be characterised by a lack of imagination, and yet my 12 year old son, who has Aspergers, is the most imaginative person I know – stories pour out of him. And because he’s visual, he probably has the same experience as you, describing what he sees in his head. In fact, like Karen Blixen, he often has stories based on his very vivid dreams. It’s wonderful your parents encouraged your creativity, it may be that’s the most important thing; being able to freely access your gifts, and in your own unique way.

  3. I’ve also been writing since childhood. It’s hard to explain to people how the world just sort of builds itself piece by piece inside my mind. Something will happen or someone will say something that sparks an idea and I think, “I wonder how my character so-and-so would respond to that?” or “What if there was a place that worked like this instead of this?” Thanks for sharing this piece of your writing process. I think the power to imagine new worlds is one of the greatest gifts we humans could ask for.

  4. Yes, Grady, I too have learned to harness emotions from many years back, especially from when I was bullied as a youngster. By the time I was in military training I was giving back at least as good as I got, but the early memories are clear.
    Well done on your technique, and keep it up.

  5. I think you are awesome. I found you because you now follow my blog on our struggle with autism in our family. I am compelled by your story and I think its great.

  6. I love how you’ve taken something you experienced as a negative (being bullied), and turned it into something positive (great stories) that others can enjoy, and that also helps you deal with your feelings in a positive way. Bravo!

  7. I can relate to the experience of having a story or scene visually play out in my head when I write. However, I always assumed this was prevalent in the general population instead of a characteristic peculiar to guys with Asperger’s like me.

  8. Your writing process is so interesting. To see it in your head as though you are watching a movie and only being limited by your imagination would be fantastic and that it helps you deal with emotions is even better. Thanks for the follow and will be seeing more of you. Cheers Irene

  9. Your blog, and your writing premise in general, is great. I am glad that you found my blog as now I can follow you and your writing as well. Your journey is a great one. I am happy to see that you have found your passion in life– so many people forget to follow passions. Good luck to you, and I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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