What is your earliest memory of real writing? What did you write and to whom?
My earliest memory of writing was when I was around 12 years old. My dog Kim had died, she was like a friend as my parents had her 4 years before I was born. When she died I remember feeling sad and lonely and I cried for weeks. I wrote a poem all about the time spent with her and all the adventures we had together. My dad sent it into a local newspaper and I won a competition. It was around £20 in prize money, which was a lot in those days. I bought a new notebook and pencils with the winnings. I had a little left over and I bought a plaque which was inscribed "Kim - Sleep with the Angels." It was put in the garden under a rose bush, which helped me to get over her eventually, although I never forgot her.
My earliest memory of real writing was a short project that was started in an English class. We had to write the introduction page for a book. However, I really liked the story idea and the character, so continued to write the whole story in my own time.
OK, it wasn't the best piece of writing I have ever produced, but it was the first time that I got entangled with a story that I had invented, to the point where it kinda takes on a life of it own ....
I wrote to Santa at age 4:
"Dear Santa. Please get me a present that is worth more than $10"
I wrote a small collection of short stories. My 2nd grade teacher loved them so much that she "lost" them and never returned them. She always told me to keep writing. I am only now doing what I wanted to when I was that age. I hope I am doing it as well as she said I could!
I was about 13 or 14 years old. I loved to read, especially spy type adventures. So I wanted to create my own story so I started writing - never finished that one but it got me started thinking I might just want to do more of it.
When I was about nine years old I started putting together little books of poetry and then I would give them to family members. Later in high school I started to enjoy writing short stories for my literature teacher.
What I consider my earliest "real" writing was a science fiction short story called "The Giant Hercules." I was eight years old and I remember asking my great aunt Edna how to spell "atmosphere."
The story was for me. I had no idea about publishing or submitting it to a magazine. I was merely inspired to create.
The story was about a man named Hercules who entered a contest to win his love. Little did he know but that someone had bewitched the discus he was to throw. When he threw it, the discus flew into the sky and disappeared. That night, Herc found himself sleep walking toward the now returned discus sitting on the stadium floor. He grew smaller and smaller, until he reached it and entered the discus, finding himself floating in space, suddenly protected from the vacuum by a block of ice. He grew smaller and smaller until he landed on Earth.
Fast forward thirty years, and I'm driving down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles -- along the famous Sunset Strip. On one of the billboards was a picture of Lou Ferigno as Hercules, up to his waist in ice, floating against a backdrop of stars.
I couldn't help but smile.
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