What was it like the first time you wrote a complete fictional story? How did it make you feel?
I started reading early and was making up 'stories' from primary school according to y rents. However,my first conscious memory of making up a fictional story was a serial 'adventure' involving a bunch of children that I wrote a chapter a week on the back of a notebook and shared with my friends. It also had illustrations! The sheer joy of making up characters and situations, the buzz of doing cliffhangers and the few friends who started pestering for more was very addictive and validating. I think it has never stopped since. I may have had fallow periods, and personal pressures but I don't think I've ever started writing since.
I don't recall a specific first time, but it was probably in my high school creative writing class, where I began to get constructive (and positive) feedback on my work. That positive feedback was the motivation to keep me writing to this day many years later.
The key for me to keep writing was constructive criticism, and positive feedback. (I've published an e-book at
) If you enjoyed that first experience, keep at it!
The first complete fictional story I ever wrote was a short story in my freshman year of high school. That was really when I learned that I had a talent for creative writing. Shortly thereafter, I wrote many other short stories on my free time. Unfortunately, I didn't have copies but my teacher kept them for examples for future classes. When I was nineteen, I finished my first mystery novel. At first, I couldn't believe I had done it until I looked back at a stack of over 300 handwritten pages on my desk. I was practically breathless because I had spent the majority of my time writing it.
Ironically, now I'm working on a second novel more seriously and I keep putting off getting back into it. Hopefully today!
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