Just Like Jo March…
Anyone who has read Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women will recognise the character of Josephine March, the young writer with big ambitions and a rebel soul. When I first read this novel at the tender age of eleven I was charmed by Jo for she epitomised everything I wanted to be. Like Jo I was something of a tomboy and spent my childhood getting into scrapes with my older brother; I loved horses and I had big dreams to be a writer one day, so I took my cue from Jo and set about ‘scribbling rubbish’ in my spare time. I have been scribbling ever since and to date I have published books, columns, articles, poems, songs and correspondence courses. I have millions of published words to my credit. Josephine March served as my initiation into the writing life and I have never looked back.
Fictional characters such as Jo March and Anne Shirley have provided inspiration for many would-be writers over the years since the books Little Women and Anne of Green Gables were first published. Other would-be writers, myself included, have found their literary idols in the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, as well as other great classic authors. So my question is; who initiated you? Was it a character from a novel or an author? Perhaps it was someone else entirely, not related to the publishing world; say for example an actor or director who inspired you to try your hand at screen writing.
At some stage in the past you decided that you wanted to become a writer. Why did you make that decision and what or who inspired you to do so. Who or what initiated you into the writing life?