Do we all know by now that I am the biggest J.R.R. Tolkien fan alive? Let me put this into perspective for you:
- I decorated my room in LotR themed things. I painted the Elvish "One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them" as a boarder around my room.
- I painted the door of Moria on my wall. It was pretty epic.
- My walls were gray, like the walls of Helms Deep.
- My bedding looked 'Elfish' to me.
- Posters of LotR were EVERYWHERE.
- I watched The Two Towers everyday after school for a month.
- I reread and reread the book, carried it with me everywhere. Once I also lost it, and I cried. :/
- I would braid my hair like Legolas's.
- I was a member of councilofelrond.com. I was a member of the Realm of Vana; A Realm Leader and a Realm Head.
I'm sure what else I did that was associated with The Lord of the Rings, but the most important thing it did--It immersed me into the world of Middle Earth, and I yearned so badly to be a part of that world, I began to write my own story.
I don't remember it being hard, but I remember how oddly it seemed to sit at the computer and think about a story I wanted to write. My friends once made fun of me because they felt my stories were like LotR's Fanfiction, however...when you're not used to writing, how else are you going to begin? You have to start with what you know. And I knew a world that was completely made up, a world with made up races, with a map, with a history so vast it could be real!
So that's where I started and now I'm here today: I never write within my world. I can't. I never thought about it before, but there's a reason for that--look at how I began. Writing within my world would be foreign to me, no matter how ironic that is.
How did everyone else begin writing? Was it a book that motivated you? Or did you just wake up one morning and write?