J. Allen Wolfrum is a fiction author and former Marine based in San Diego, California.

 

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How I Started Writing - Part 2 of 3

How I Started Writing - Part 2 of 3

After my four years in the Marine Corps, I went to college and majored in Accounting.  College was hard for me in a lot of ways.  I felt like I had nothing in common with the people around me but I did what Marines do; adapt and overcome.  I did a lot of reading in college, mostly catching up on what I should have read in high school.  I finally read Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield and loved it.  That book still sits at the top of my favorite book list.  Steven Pressfield nailed what it means to to be a warrior.  It’s about your friends to your left and right.

I made it through college and became a Certified Public Accountant.  Being an accountant is a great career for some people.  It wasn't for me, I hated it.  During the next decade, I went through a couple of career changes, met my wife, went back to school and moved to California.  During this period I discovered two more treasures from Steven Pressfield.  His non-fiction books, The War of Art and Turning Pro.  Years later when I started writing fiction, those two books helped me avoid some serious pitfalls.  

Towards the end of this period in life, I tried to write fiction a couple of times.  It went nowhere, I had no idea what I was doing and felt defeated.  I don’t generally pick up new things easily, I need some hand holding and a framework to get started.  The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne was exactly what I needed.

I distinctly remember sitting on my couch watching a video on Steven Pressfield’s website of Shawn Coyne describing his Story Grid methodology.  The logic of Shawn’s Story Grid methodology immediately resonated with me.  Before I even made it through the first video, I ordered his book The Story Grid.  That book changed my life.

I still wasn't writing yet, but the seed was planted in my brain.  More to come next week.

How I Started Writing - Part 3 of 3

How I Started Writing - Part 3 of 3

How I Started Writing - Part 1 of 3

How I Started Writing - Part 1 of 3