A Few Words from Will Mullin


Writing has been an on-again-off-again hobby for me ever since I was very little. When I was about six years old, Dad set up a family computer. One of the first things I remember doing with it is firing up Microsoft Word and typing a very short story. (It would probably be more accurate to say I just hunt-and-pecked a bunch of silly sentences together that vaguely connected to one another.)  Halfway through middle school, writing stories became one of my more consistent hobbies. I didn’t try to make them publishable or anything, but I did have lots of ideas and overall met with success putting them to paper…bar one. A multi-part mystery, featuring numerous separate cases all tying together to form one cohesive story. For many reasons—mostly laziness—I never got around to it.

Eventually I finished high school and went on to college. My priorities and hobbies changed immensely during those few years. I no longer liked the types of stories I used to enjoy making up, and I would have preferred a thousand times to go to a party, travel, or hang out with friends instead of sitting in front of a computer typing away. After graduating college, I got my first big-boy job and my first home away from my parents. Things were altogether different, and *I* was altogether different, from just a few short years earlier when I was still in high school.

And, yet, that one last elusive idea for a mystery story remained. It festered in my mind throughout college and in the car during my work commutes. At last, I decided I had to be done with it. After many years and countless plot changes, I sat down and pounded out what became “The St. Ciaran’s Chronicles.”

It was over. The idea that had been in my head for almost a decade was silenced forever. I was ready to move on with my life.

I haven’t stopped writing since.

Written by Will Mullin

2 Comments on “A Few Words from Will Mullin

  1. Interesting post. Thanks for sharing. It’s true, isn’t it? Sometimes an idea churns in our heads and despite all life throws in our path, it eventually finds the light of day, even if it’s through a crack in the sidewalk.

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