I could say that I've been writing stories since before I could write (I drew comics. Don't laugh. It's true). I could say I've always been a lover of stories, and so of course I was always destined to write a novel.
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But the truth? The embarrassing--I-can't-believe-I'm-telling-you-this-truth--is that my husband and I were talking one evening, after a long day at work. I don't even remember how the topic came up, but he suddenly says, "I think we should each write a novel." And I, very eloquently replied, "Yeah! Let's do it!"
We went to Borders (may it ever rest in peace) that very evening and bought a couple of books on how to write novels.
Seriously. That's what happened. That's how and when I started writing my first-ever novel.
Like I said, I wish I had a more poetic, inspiring story about how I got into writing. But... I don't. I really have been writing stories since I was a youngin,' so writing's always been a part of my world. But the truth is I just decided to write a novel one day. And so I did. I spent months planning, organizing and excel-sheeting my story outline. Two years later, I had a shiny, polished manuscript that I was proud of.
I had no idea that one decision would change my life, transforming my writing from just a hobby to a pursuit of a professional career.
How about you? When did you decide to write your first novel? Do you consider your writing to be a hobby or something more?