Origins Blogfest…

Thanks DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude for this fun blogfest.  I love hearing about how people got started writing. 

When my first novel released last September, I went on a blog tour and often got asked how I started writing. 

Most people gave a giggle or gasped when I said I’d never dreamed I’d be walking this writing journey.

As in….never. 

I didn’t grow up writing little stories or poems. I wasn’t on the school newspaper or year book.  

The only artistic thing I did was a little drawing and pottery, but that’s about it.

So, in 2007 when a story popped into my head after reading Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness, I started writing. Within a few months I had an 87,000-word novel I had no idea what to do with. 

My BFF told me, “Take the next step.” 

I was like, “I don’t even know what the next step is.” 

I started asking around and found an author who was willing to point me in the right direction:  A critique group. 

The rest is history.  I’m so blessed to be on this writing journey, and I’m glad to have you along. 


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52 Responses to Origins Blogfest…

  1. Glad to be meeting other writers who didn’t realize the writing dream until they were older! Love the covers on your books! Good luck with them!

  2. Wow, Lynn, and you got published too! I wish my story was that simple lol
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sarah Fine says:

    Me too, Lynn. It goes to show that inspiration and motivation to write can strike at any time–it doesn’t have to be something you have from birth, or even childhood.

  4. It’s strange to think some people never considered writing until they were adults, but it’s also kind of cool.

    • Lynn Rush says:

      Well, I have been called STRANGE before, so it’s a good fit. LOL!! Yeah, You just never know where you’re going to end up, do ya? I think I shocked the heck out of a lot of people when I told them I’d written a book, and then even more so when I told them I’d be published. It’s a crazy journey. But one I LOVE!

  5. Hello Lynn, I’m glad you went on the writing journey too!!

  6. DL Hammons says:

    Your story is rather unique after reading so many involving childhood dreams or adolescent aspirations. Good for you though! Thank you for sharing with us today! 🙂

  7. Lindsay says:

    Isn’t the writing journey amazing Lynn?

  8. That’s a unique story all right. Many of us stumble along for years, playing with words until one day we know that telling stories is what we were meant to do. Good to ‘meet’ you.

    • Lynn Rush says:

      Hi, JL It’s nice to meet you, too!!!! When I get home from work, I hope to hit more blogs and read more Origins stories!!! 🙂 Love blogfests!

  9. Yours is one of the rarer stories, but just as wonderful as those who started writing at an early age.

  10. Tonja says:

    Great that you had an easy time of it. You must be very talented.

    • Lynn Rush says:

      Hi, Tonja. Thanks for swinging by. I call it a God Thing. Because I’m sure on my own I never would have had all those stories flooding my brain like they did! LOL. I’m so blessed to have the time to do a lot of writing since I only work half time. 🙂

  11. Yes, This Present Darkness certainly inspired me, too. My first completed novel (NaNo) was paranormal fiction, and I thought I’d be the next Peretti…unfortunately, it was a meager 50,000 words and I haven’t had time to go back and add 30,000! Glad you’ve found your niche. And nice to meet you via the bloghop!

    • Lynn Rush says:

      Hi, Heather. Nice to meet you via the blog hop, too!!!! Love it!!! You like This Present Darkness, too, huh? Great story, isn’t it? I’ll never forget how he described those demons clawing at the human *shivers*. Such an inspiration. 🙂

  12. Someone else who didn’t plan for this wild ride! And This Present Darkness is a good book.
    Thanks for participating in the blogfest.

  13. Robyn Engel says:

    I’m in awe of, and inspired by, stories like yours. You’re clearly uniquely gifted.

    • Lynn Rush says:

      Thanks, Robyn. I’m just along for the ride, taking the next step as its presented to me. 🙂 I’m loving it!! 🙂

  14. Ashley Nixon says:

    I think it’s awesome when you end up in a place where you didn’t expect and love it! Many people don’t get that experience.

  15. Ciara Knight says:

    And you’ve never stopped writing since. 🙂

  16. That’s great that you had a friend to shove you in the right direction. 😀

  17. This is an incredible story. It shows that it is never too late to become an author and it also shows that your must be extremely talented. I love your story. You must be very proud . I am impressed. I am a new follower and very happy to be here.

  18. Botanist says:

    I love to hear of other writers who just started, out of the blue, with no warning. It makes me feel less strange…well, slightly 🙂

  19. Shock says:

    Wow. Your story inspires me, even if it didn’t happen in your school days.

  20. Marta Szemik says:

    Nice to meet you Lynn. Glad you followed your friend’s advice to take that next step.

  21. Mary says:

    Neat story, Lynn. I like the way it just burst upon you. I love your book covers. Keep going!

  22. Arlee Bird says:

    The step from writing something to seeing it published is a giant one.

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    • Lynn Rush says:

      HUGE! So true, Arlee!! It’s still surreal when I see my stuff on Amazon or someone emails me to tell me they read my book. CRAZY fun!

  23. Congratulations with your publication. It pleases me to meet someone who truly loves her work.

  24. Jillian says:

    Sometimes life moves us in unexpected directions! Glad your path and mine have crossed!

  25. Scarlett says:

    I loved ‘This Present Darkness’. It was the first time I’d ever heard the term, “ankle biting demons”… Use it ALL the time in real life! *g*

    It was also the first time I’d read a novel, so dedicated to NOT using foul language (I do like me some foul language). It was refreshing, in the end. Don’t know that I even noticed it early on. Which is odd, I think, given the tense subject matter.

    Your Origins are inspiring, Lynn. Stories like yours are so few and far between. It gives me hope that *the lottery*… Is a BIG FAT LIE. (A writer can dream.)

    I’m psyched I came across your spot today! Still working my way through the Fest! Great to *meet* you!

    • Lynn Rush says:

      Hi, Scarlett. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Frank did a GREAT job with the tension — love that ankle biting demons thing. Awesome! 🙂

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