LET’S TALK WRITING #3
with author, BARBARA STUDHAM
Whenever a writer explains why they write, they invariably include the phrase “from a very young age, I wanted to write…”, thereby, leading us to understand that writing is a gift from birth, albeit often one that surfaces in later years. Although the list of writing genres is endless, for example, novelist, poet, short story writer, newspaper journalist, etc., writing is writing and a passion in most authors’ lives, but if the passion is with us from birth, by what is it aroused?
In my case, stress continually compels me to write. During my childhood, letting off steam meant putting pencil to paper. Creating an imaginary world allowed me to escape the real world and its pain. I’m sure if I went back in time and read some of my childish works, I would laugh, but at the time I cherished the reclusive life I discovered in writing and shared it with no one.
Later, as an adult dealing with stress, my fictional characters often conveyed my innermost thoughts at the time. To discover how, read the following description of my book: The Look of a Twelve-Year-Old:
From seemingly innocent youngster to evil conniver, Claire Peters takes you on a criminal journey from lowly Saturday Girl working at The Glass Stiletto located in small town Heatherly, to executive for a leading shoe company: SLATES Inc. of London. As a young girl employed at The Glass Stiletto, Claire set her sights on winning the Stiletto Award for achieving the highest annual sales, but a spiteful rival, bent on defeating her, stood in the way. Refusing to be deterred from reaching her goal, Claire was left with no other option than to take lethal action against her opponent and knock her out of the race.
Many years later, when fired from her executive position at SLATES Inc., Claire learns her beloved Glass Stiletto is to be demolished. Revisiting the old building aroused in her the need for bloody revenge against the executive team responsible for her recent dismissal from SLATES.
However, while scheming, Claire underestimated the delving of an old flame. Is his motive as innocent as he would have her believe, or is there a more sinister reason for his return into her life?
Notice the words: bloody revenge, lethal action, criminal journey, and then take into consideration that, as a teenager, I worked as a Saturday Girl in a shoe store in England. See the connection?
Yes, writing affords me the luxury of relieving stress through the criminal actions of my fictional characters, without any fear of retribution. What makes you want to write?
A note from Vianvi editor, Viga Boland: Thank you Barbara for sharing your reasons for writing with us. For all of you who have read Barbara’s thoughts here, I hope you’ll take the time to answer Barbara’s last question, by leaving her a comment below, and even more so, by submitting your own article to LET’S TALK WRITING. Click that link to see what we’re looking for. Hope to hear from you soon. And Barbara, please come back and share more of your ideas on writing with us. As the author of 3 memoirs and at least one dozen fiction books, I know you have a lot to share. Please visit Barbara and check out her books at
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