Thursday, September 02, 2010

When Did You Start Writing?

I'm curious.

When did you start writing?

Was it in elementary school (like me) where you scribbled stories and illustrated them with colors or markers? Or was it in junior high when you filled pages and pages with angst-filled poetry? (guilty again). College? After your first job?

You can read about my writing journey here.

I've been writing seriously since the 6th grade. Wow. That's a long time.

I love this writing life. Love, love, love it. Wouldn't have it any other way!

So when did the writing bug bite you?


  1. I started out as more of an avid reader:) A good story had the power suck me in and keep me there long after the last page.

    But it was in 2007 that I started my writing journey, and I don't plan on turning back!

  2. Second grade was my first illustrated "All About Me" report, which I still have...somewhere. :) And all through jr. high, then on to high school where I joined the school paper, yearbook staff and "literary publication." Got a degree in Journalism in college, so I guess it's always been a part of me.

  3. I was about 8 or 10 years old when I started writing (in pencil) 'my magazine'. It was all about me and my pony. :)

    That phase passed, thank goodness, and although I devoured books, I didn't think about writing as a career until my daughter was born.

    I love my writing life ... most of the time. I have copy edits to do right now which takes a bit of the gloss away. :)

  4. I wrote plays from when I was in primary school and drove friends (and family mad) by forcing them to act in them.

  5. In the mid 80s I was reading and slapped the magazine in my lap. "I could write better than this!" My hubby said, "Why don't you?" It's what I've done since, except when pain got in the way.

  6. I love reading all of these stories! Keep 'em coming!

  7. I honestly can't remember, it was very very young, I know that. I always told stories to my mum, and she would type them. I also used to record myself as I made them up on her old tape recorder. I never cared about whether they were good or not, I just made them up. I miss that freedom now.
    My mum on the other hand, says she sort of began when she was around twelve or thirteen (first year in secondary school/seventh grade). She wrote a story about a slave ship for an English assignment and her teacher loved it.
    I have been very lucky to have had encouraging people around me since I was small, my mother and all my teachers have really been supportive. I guess that it why I still write, I was never told I couldn't, it was always "yes you can." So I do.

  8. I've always loved writing, but didn't start writing seriously until I turned 30. I kept saying, "I bet I can write better than this" when I was reading books, and I finally decided I needed to either 1) actually try it or 2) shut up. So I signed up for my first writing class at a local community college. Got hooked and never looked back. That was 16 years ago!

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  10. Elizabeth Parker12:09 AM

    When I was about 6, we had an old beat-up manual typewriter in the basement. I began my first book about a car that went all over and had adventures. Unfortunately, I titled it, "That Catalack!" hehe

  11. The earliest I can remember writing is about Grade 5 and I still have that story somewhere in my archives. I even scanned it a couple of years ago!

    Right now, while in school, I'm taking a bit of a break but will get right back to it once that diploma is in my hand!

    I read your writing journey and loved it :) And I love spies too!!


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