Origins Blogfest

What is the Origin of Your Writing Dreams?


D.L Hammons over at Cruising Altitude   is co-hosting this blogfest with Katie Mills The Creepy Query Girl,  Alex J. Cavanaugh  and Matthew MacNish from  The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment .  

It is very Simple: Tell us where your writing dreams began.


As a kid, I spent all of my summers in Leland Michigan. At the end of the summer the entire town celebrated the Barbecruise. We turned our boats into mini Mardi Gras type floats and paraded through the lake. The kids and adults participated in a plethora of other games and activities.

One activity for the younger kids involved telling stories individually and in groups on a stage. I don't remember what my first story was, but I do remember the crowd laughing and applauding.  I guess it went to my head and I discovered that I could entertain others with my "made up" stories,  hence a storyteller was born.

As I got older I started writing my stories and reading them to my family.  I am sure they  tired of  me, but they continued to indulge me.  Unfortunately, we did not have anything remotely close to YouTube 40 years ago and I won't bore you with the "home movies".

I did find some clips from kids doing this last year.


My storytelling & writing continued and I loved to put on a show at summer camp, then boarding school, college & well I guess it never ended.

Finally, I became a lawyer because I knew how hard it would be to become an actress  & lawyers are really just actors on stage telling a story and the lawyer who has the best presence and story wins. LOL kidding (sort of)


The magical little town where it all started & where my grandparents bought me my first electric typewriter.


The most exciting innovation ever (even better than the microwave). Our kids have it so nice & easy today. They cannot even begin to appreciate something as simple as an electric typewriter.


I am about to cry..... I am so old!!!!!  Do any of you remember the electric typewriter?

51 comments:

  1. I had a toy manual typewriter, then I graduated to my mum's electric one. I hated it. I'm a bad typist. I end up pressing delete more than moving forwards through the sentences. Not good when you have to use that correction paper.

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  2. I'm so happy I don't have to use a typewriter now. Not having to erase must save hours! Thanks for sharing your story!

    Monti


    Mary Montague
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  3. Enjoyed your story-telling history! I want to get my hands on an old manual typewriter someday, but I'd probably make too many mistakes to justify buying those old ribbons. Nice to meet you via the blogfest!

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  4. Those summers in Michigan sound magical. Yes, I remember the typewriter. I wrote all of my college papers on one... a manual one. lol

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  5. Great story, and yes ...I even remember before the electric typewriters. I miss the sound...Tap, tap, tap....

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  6. Great story! I bet that being a lawyer, you're great with words ;)
    Boy, am I glad the typewriter days are over! lol
    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Don't worry! I learned to type on one of those.
    I would've failed at the storytelling if it involved getting up in front of live human beings. At least at that age.
    Thanks for participating in the blogfest!

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  8. I typed one of my college term papers on an electric typewriter!  The greatest invention wasn't the typewriter...it was white-out!!!  I loved your ORIGIN story.  Thank you for sharing it today! :)

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  9. That's so awesome to have had a summer ending extravaganza like that, how fun! I learned to keyboard on an electric typewriter :) I'm crying with you right now ;)

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  10. We used to go to Leland (dad and I)!  We lived in South Haven. Too cool! 

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  11. i got a good old typewriter for xmas one year to type my hs assignments!
    i love your unique experience! how great to encourage kids to write.
    wonderful beginning!

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  12. This blogfest is fun - it's nice getting to know my writer friends better! I had a typewriter when I was in high school (non electric). I was very good at using that special eraser for mistakes. ;) You're right, it's a lot easier today!

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  13. I learned on an electric typewriter. I thought they were pretty cool back then! I loved the sound of them!

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  14. Not just the electric, but the manual one I learned on in Junior High. I remember the teacher, so strict and mean, but...I still know how to type without looking at the keyboard all these years later.

    Only thing I don't miss: the carbon copy paper. :)

    Bornstoryteller #132 on the Origins Blogfest

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  15. Too funny, I remember the typewriter. I hated the thing. I make too may typos. 

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  16. I started my first story long hand in a notebook. When I started to get serious, I had Brother Word Processor. But, I did learn to type on an electric typerwriter. 

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  17. If it weren't for computers, I wouldn't be a writer. Kids do have it a lot easier these days. Which means the expectations are higher. 

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  18. Hi Melissa! I wrote my first novel when I was in 7th grade on a typewriter--and not the electric one, mind you. My fingers sometimes slipped between the keys. It was a bit annoying,but also exciting. I felt like a real writer!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  19. Ooo, I want to be an actor too! Instead I'm an Engineer and a writer and a singer in dive bars :) Oh how our lives turn out :)

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  20. Hahaha, I too had an electric typewriter, and I thought it was the coolest thing EVER! :D

    I love how you realised you could entertain with stories from a young age! It's cool when you find out you have a talent when you're young. :D

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  21. Hmm! I had a Portable non-electric to start. How can you think you are old? ;D

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  22. When I was a kid, I played with an electric typewriter at my grandparents' house. Does that count? And--I'm the same as Stina. Without a computer, I couldn't write. My handwriting ... well. Anyway, great origin story--and I love the videos!

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  23. My electric typewriter is somewhere in my parents garage. I loved that thing. And it had a memory in it so I could type an entire essay, correct mistakes in a .5 inch by 2 inch window, then at a press of one button it would start typing.
    It's nice to meet you Melissa and thank you for visiting my blog, your kind words and support:)

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  24. Fantastic origins story! I'd love to watch kids perform their stories. Oh, I remember the day I first got my electric typewriter. I loved that machine.

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  25. I remember the electric typewriter!! :-) Thank you for stopping by my blog and really enjoyed your origin story. Happy V Day! 

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  26. You started young! I daydreamed at a young age, but didn't have the courage to share my stories.
    I love the video clips, and that you acknowledge being a lawyer isn't entirely different than being a storyteller. HA!

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  27. Thanks for visiting my blog. I just became a follower of yours. I liked your story of how you became a writer and love the town of Leland. It looks so charming I'd love to go there or set a story there. I remember electric typewriters! Shows you how old I am. 

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  28. Ok, I'm totally in love with Leland Michigan now. That place sounds awesome and so does your family. I love the storytelling. I made up a lot of lies when I was younger...does that count as storytelling?

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  29. Ahh I remember those electric typewriters. And that damn carbon paper! Can't say I have fond memories though! Great origin story, thanks.

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  30. A lot of writers seem to have got their start on typewriters. :) I'm more of the computer generation, though, so I've never used one myself.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

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  31. I remember electric typewriters! I thought they were so cool... :D And I love that you view  yourself as an entertainer--that's very much how I feel. It's the most funnest thing in the world seeing how people respond to my stories. Now I'm super-interested in Leland, Michigan! :o) <3

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  32. I must admit, when I had to make the move from typewriter to computers, I didn't much like it. I missed the sound and the carriage return (THAT'S how old I am!). I also missed using my little pencil white-out that we used to erase our mistakes. And, I miss my typewriter class in the tenth grade, where I sat between two football players who knew NOTHING about how to use those cigars they called fingers on the class typewriters. I was up to 80 words a minute. (My skills were impressive to them, even if my pink and purple corduroy pants with the raccoons embroidered on the back pockets weren't.)

    I grew out of love, only once, with my beloved typewriter. That's when I had to write/type my first research paper for my Senior AP English class. We'd moved to MO in the middle of my sophomore year, and so, I missed that wee little lesson in exactly HOW to RESEARCH for a RESEARCH paper, dedicated to RESEARCH! My English teacher knew she didn't like me. Now she had proof. It didn't end pretty, trust me.

    So, enough about typewriters already. I just want to tell you how much I love your origins! My Camp stories are very close to my heart! And so, watching that little skit really takes me back. I know the camaraderie and support... and just plain fun I had at camp had much to do with the development of my self-esteem. It certainly fueled the fire later in life, to believe in myself and my storytelling.

    It IS so glad to meet you here, Melissa! Can't wait to see more!

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  33. Not sure how my contact info is not connected with this sign in, so here it is just for fun! *grin*  http://scarlettstattoo.blogspot.com

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  34. That is so cool. I have never met anyone who has even heard of Leland.

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  35. Thanks for sharing your origins story. Aren't you glad you got started so young? I was 40 when I decided to become a children's writer! And I sure do remember electric typewriters. I learned to type on one in high school. Heck, I even remember manual typewriters! Those were a real pain. And carbon copies - pain in the neck, especially when we made a typo and had to correct each copy! 

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  36. I love how you got into writing. That is cool, and Barbecruise sounds groovy. Oh, and I totally learned to type on an electric typewriter, and even wrote an award-winning story in seventh grade on my mom's manual typewriter. It was this groovy mint-green color and so hip, yet such a pain in the butt. Wow. I can't imagine churning out novels on one of those!

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  37. I'll make you feel better... I bought myself a MANUAL typewriter in high school - the sales rep convinced me the electric ones would break too easily and I'd be happier with my clunker! :)

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  38. I had a manual typewriter, and finally, when I got to college, I had one of those huuuuge Brother word processors. It was almost better to write in pencil, lol. I love how your origin began with the support of the whole town ;) Sounds like a great town tradition and lots of fun. 

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  39. I'm from Michigan and we spent our summers at a lake too!  It was wonderful.  :)  I used to type everything on an electric typewriter!  When my parents got a computer it was so difficult to get the printing right that I often fell back to the typewriter and the white out!

    I have an award waiting for you on my blog! :)

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  40. I love your journey into writing, and the idea of lawyers being actresses with stage presence. My first typewrite was a manual one . . .then I had my parents PC, then I had an electric word processor that had a small amount of memory . . . it was kind of a halfbreed between typewriter and computer when I went to college.

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  41. I have many unfinished manuscripts from my teens that I banged out on a typewriter! I kind of miss the sound, actually.

    Nice to meet you , Melissa!

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  42. Barbecruises sound super cool. And yes, alas, I rmember the electric typewriter... siigh.

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  43. Hi Melissa!  Remember the electric typewriter?  Lol we still have one in our crawl space.  The kids think it is hilarious.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and I am looking forward to reading your A to Z works as well.  I am your newest follower.

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  44. Great origin story. I don't remember the electric typewriter, but I remember when computer screens had black backgrounds and whitish/greenish/blueish letters. :-D

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  45. Heh, yes, I remember the electric typewriter. I took Personal Typing in High School and we used the old IBM Selectric. The first typewriter I ever used, however, was a massive old Royal manual typewriter. As a kid I had to practically stand on the keys to get enough force to make them work (okay, I exaggerate, but it was a bear to use) and I couldn't pick the darn thing up, it weighed a ton. Great story, thanks for sharing. Barbecruise sounds like fun!

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  46. I love this story! So cool how you developed your storytelling prowess during the "barbecruise"! :) Also cool that you're a lawyer by day and a writer by night... you're like a superhero! 

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  47. Great story! I printed my first novel out on a printer that
    was dot-matrix…remember those?..LOL We’ve come a long way.

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  48. Oh yes. I remember the typewriter. Glad computers came out right after, though....those typewriters stink!  LOL!!!!!  

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  49. I've pathetically late getting around to the Origins post, but I'm so glad I got over to yours. I loved this. What I love most is that you started as a storyteller, not just a writer. And then a lawyer... too fun! I'm a new follower.

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