More Writers in the Family

Is It In

Family Genes?

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I don’t know if writing talent circulates among family genes or not, but we’re at the third generation in my family with members who enjoy expressing themselves through the written word. We then share that passion, in hopes it will bless and benefit all those who read what we have written.Β  πŸ˜‰

Stephen King (yes, THE Stephen King, famous author) said it this way:

“But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in, it’s all there, at least the basic elements of it. You can’t change it any more than you can choose whether to be right handed or left handed.”

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First Generation

I remember my Dad spending time writing in journals; writing notes when he studied the Bible and then sharing at Bible studies with others; he and Mom collaborating on writing our family’s Christmas newsletter every year; writing notes, cards, and letters to encourage people; and writing lessons to share in Sunday school for both kids and adults, or in fellowship groups.

After both my parents had passed away, my siblings and I were left with the task of cleaning out the old homestead to prepare it for sale. In the process of sorting through decades of stuff (Mom really kept nearly EVERYTHING), someone discovered some of Mom’s early schoolwork–and it included creative writing she had composed some 65-70 years prior to that time of discovery.

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Second Generation

So I seemed to naturally pick up this “hard-wired” urge and need to write! I have enjoyed it since I was in my early teens, and now–45 years or so later–I have somewhere around 3,200 published articles online (here’s one of my moreΒ  recent articles, on Writing Right), one book (so far – Fatherly Reflections), and another book I co-authored (Heart Beaming), all within the past 10 years. In fact, this is the beginning of my 10th year, officially, as a freelance writer (self-employed, independent contractor, solopreneur, or whichever title fits at any given time!)

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Third Generation

Now the third generation of writers includes my four adult kids. Two of my daughters use their writing skills on the job. My oldest daughter Shara is a research and development scientist with RX Green Solutions, so her writing is most often dedicated to reports and such, but she also helps maintain the company blog and Facebook page.

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My middle daughter Jen is a clinical resource nurse and recently began developing courses to teach at the hospital she works in. She’s also been known to write some poetry and/or motivational sayings from time to time!

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My son Andrew is the real muse among us, with several publications already… and more in the works, I’m sure! Even as his mom, I’m not always up to date on his latest adventures since he and my only daughter-in-love Lisi live on the other side of the country from me. You can check out several of his publications here at his author’s site: Andrew James.

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My youngest daughter, Joy, is the newest writer in the family. As a stay-at-home mom, with three daughters between the ages of 3 months and 4 1/2 years old, Joy is really busy, as any of you moms out there can understand. On top of that, my oldest granddaughter Chloe has special needs and Joy has spent time learning all she can about those needs and advocating for Chloe. Joy started her blog, Journey of Grace, in 2016 to address that part of her parenting adventure.

Over the past few weeks, Joy also got accepted as a writer for Togetherhood, a site dedicated to parents, family, and those who work with kids with special needs. Joy decided to put some dedicated effort into writing for that site and has just had two articles accepted. They’re not published yet, but I will definitely be sharing the announcement and links when they are! πŸ˜‰

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So yes, I am a proud mom of four super adults who share my passion for writing and learning, and who reach out and help others with that passion, in one way or another.

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So What About YOU?

 

Do you and any of your family members have gifts that seem to have passed through two or more generations?

 

Do you or any of your family have published writing you can share? Feel free to leave links with your comment. πŸ™‚

 

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3 thoughts on “More Writers in the Family

  1. The family gift that seems to have been passed from one generation to the next is statistics. My dad was a whiz at it. My mom’s mom had very little education but she could rapidly add up rows of numbers. My nephew seems to have inherited the gift for statistics and statistical analyses.

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