Paper Chase

In our apartment, the dining room was my father’s office. In it was a big black desk anchored like a ship in a small ocean of papers and books. My dad was a writer back then and that was where he worked. I didn’t know what working was exactly, but I knew it was big and important, because when daddy did it, we had to be quiet. I didn’t know what writing was either, but I knew that it was something special because daddy spent a lot of time doing it, hour and hour, day after day.

At three or so, I was just tall enough to peek over the edge of my dad’s desk and survey its exotic treasures: Pens! Pencils! Paperclips! Pudgy pink erasers! Pads of yellow paper! Writing had to be fun, that much I knew. Because when you were doing it, you could be very messy and no one gave you a hard time about it. In fact, the messier you were, the more you were working.

One day, as I was playing on the floor of my father’s office, a miracle occurred. He handed me one of his beautiful, brand-new yellow pads – the golden fleece, it seemed to me – and a shiny yellow pencil with its very own pink eraser on top. “I want you to write a letter to my editor Mrs. Pumpernickel. Tell her I need more money!” my father said.

No matter that I didn’t know the alphabet or how to read. No matter that I didn’t know what an editor was or what money was – or where to find Mrs. Pumpernickel. I was writing! I took my shiny pencil in hand and set to work, covering page after page of my legal pad with bold, confident squiggles. When I finished my letter, I handed the pad to my father. He looked over my chicken scratches carefully, nodding as if he understood every word perfectly. I couldn’t have been prouder if I’d won the Pulitzer! Then he fished around in a desk drawer and drew out a gleaming white envelope. “We need to mail this right away,” my dad said. What a thrill! I was hooked and I’ve been writing ever since.

How about you — what’s your story?

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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