About me

If you like to write you should do something about it, right?

Well this it it. When I was nine I wrote my first book, partially because I had to for school book week, but mostly because I wanted to tell a really awesome story about a girl who has a pet lion as a regular part of her everyday life. The plot thickens when she decides to take that lion on an outing to the local shopping mall.

Unrealistic? Absolutely! But I was privileged enough to be blessed with an imagination free to roam as far and wide as it pleased, all I had to do was harness the power of that beautiful, untameable creature. By eleven I was writing a novella every other month.

At sixteen my mother put her foot down on my imagination and more or less ordered me to do something about it. You should note that by this stage I’d already spent four years of my life relentlessly working on my first novel, and she probably assumed I had no real life. She dumped a newspaper in front of me, folded to the page advertising a nationwide short story competition. Entries closed two days from the moment that paper hit the table. “Enter it,” she said. “Or not.” I retorted. “Or else,” she hedged, “why keep writing?” I whined, I argued, I am not a short story writer, I labelled myself. Eventually I saw the light and did it. Forty-eight hours.

I didn’t win. However, I emerged triumphant with a certificate edged in gold that told me I was one of the top ten finalists from across the country. Forty-eight hours considering, I was pretty chuffed, all the more because I now had parental blessing to return the creative cave in my mind and thrash pens, or keyboards as I preferred – I cannot write as fast as I think. Thank God for computers!

Jump back a paragraph and know that first novel is still my chimera, my mythical beast that I chase, and one day just maybe, it might get published. If not, I’m cooking up fresh meat also. Watch this space.

Is this a biography you ask? Sort of. I struggle to write from experience, reality often bores me. Having said that, all of my writing is influenced by my experiences in life; the people I meet, places I see, and situations I get myself into. When I do happen to write from experience, I lace it like a hash cookie with sprinklings of my imagination. But all you read now is true. At least I am honest.

Fast-forward to the present and I’m four novels written, no attempts at publishing yet. But I am positive, I’ve only just begun to open the doors of my mind to share with the wider world. I’m confidence building and flexing my creative muscles as I go. There is a lot to learn and a lot to edit, but if for that one moment I have you hooked – on that first word, sentence, paragraph – and you can close your eyes and see that picture I am painting, then I am a storyteller, and I am winning.

Written by JR Manawa

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. jim summers says:

    All the time I knew you, there always seemed either a sadness but not sadness as such, sometimes a feeling of really small confidence in yourself but confident in all other things even an inner turmoil that had nothing to do with your living life at the time.
    I had no idea of what was going on in your psyche, your sub-concious and your very (id). You had given birth to a creative universe inside yourself that seems to know no bounds, your’e poetry leaves me spellbound, My wife taught me about art in painting and architecture when I took it for granted that somebody just slapped some paint on a canvas or put some bricks together. You teach me about the use of poetry as an art form that again I just used to take for granted.
    I never would have known there could be such beauty in poetry or indeed in the stories you write even the brilliantly clever two sentence story “The Children” means that there is such a huge talent in you that needs to come out and expand and say to the world ” Hey listen to me I’ve got something to say” and boy do you have something to say indeed.
    Miss you soooo much, Mirka and I been thinking of you a lot lately (I’m no psychic but I hope everything has been okay with you).
    Lots of Love Mirka & Jim xxx

    1. jrmanawa says:

      Jim! Mirka! I have beeb thinking of you too! You are so close to my heart my amazing UK parents ^_^ definitely would love to catch up soon. Thank you so much for believing in my abilities!

  2. xsiscox75 says:

    Brand new follower as of today. It’s more than just an ability, it’s downright talent. One I wish I had! Ho hum… I guess I will have to stick to blood sweat and practice, but the way you use words cries out to be published. Got on it! 🙂

  3. xsiscox75 says:

    Er… GET on it! lol Ps. BTW thanks for liking my short!

    1. jrmanawa says:

      Thanks! Yes I shall, and you too! Keep writing!!!

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