What age were you when you first started writing?
Did you start to write storys and prose down as a child or was it as an adult you found your love of writing?
My first attempt to write a short story was in high school or just after. That is other than school assignments which would have been in about the sixth grade. The assignment was to write about banananas. My older bother convinced me to write about the life cycle of a banana from a first person point-of -view.
I think I was about 7. I wrote a picture book about an elephant. I'm no artist by any stretch, but I drew a pretty good elephant when I was a little girl.
My love of writing grew from there. I wrote imaginative stories in junior high with outlandish characters. One year I wrote a spoof on the old Dragnet series with a garbage can, sneaker, baseball bat and a dollar bill as the lead characters. I sure wish I had that story today! It would either inspire me or elicit chuckles - or both!
At the age of five. Our dog was hit by a car and died. It was heavy stuff for a little kid and the way I dealt with it was to write it down. At age six, my best friend moved away. I wrote a little story about that - a sort of journalistic piece about my friend's life (all six years of it!) and how she was moving on to bigger and better things, but how I'd always remember her and cherish our friendship.
I had a mini-steamer trunk, blue with brass trim. I kept my writing locked away in it. I don't have those bits of writing anymore (wish i did), but I learned at a young age that writing was a way to deal with feelings and emotions.
Sophomore in high school was the first time I took writing seriously. That was when a teacher told me I had promise and I decided to give it a try. I've been writing on and off since then, but it was only five years ago that I stepped up to the next level and let my passion flow on a regular basis....and now it is so ingrained in me that I can't imagine not writing.
When the Beatles took the USA by storm, I felt emotions that were quite new to me. I thought those screaming girls were so silly. I knew I would never act so
unrestrained in public. But, my pen found paper and I poured out my heart to that
baby face, Paul. I was in middle school and my daydreams took flight and I leaned how to escape my plight.
I honestly believed this is where reality broke away and I found that I could write stories with pretty endings. I could pretend and be any character and dress in the finest fashions. In other words, I could become anyone that I wanted to be, and I desperately wanted to be anyone other than me.
At age 30, and facing a divorce, I found that writing was a great therapy. Poetry
was my first love, and then short stories followed. I shared my works with only one other person before coming to HP. It took some powerful nerves to publish
works that had been so personal.
I would have to say that my serious writings started when I was around 30.
At this point, I am trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible. I write everyday, but I rarely publish on HP. They are not set up to appreciate creative writings and poetry.
But, there is a great support group here on HP. I could not imagine starting my day without reading some juicy love story from Martin, or words that should be carved in stone, from Bill, or a sunny feel good story from Wales.
Keep your eyes peeled on Sha and Anna, it is just a matter of time until we can say, "Hey, I knew them when..."
There are some marvelous talents walking these hallowed halls of HP.
We are the fortunate ones!
And, I say, "Thank you for that."
I started to write my diary during my high school days. I wrote about my emotions, my experiences, important and memorable events that were related to my life, my family & friends.
It actually started as a love of essays. When I was 7, my mother had me take an essay class in a woman's home and it was a research paper about dachshunds. From then on I would be the house reporter or write stories.
I was just a student in XII th standard when I wrote a poem in a contest and got the consolation prize. Though, it was a pity amount in the context of present economic standard but it meant a lot at that time. Now I think that if I would have not win this contest, I could never be a writer or poet. This was the milestone for me.
It started during my school days only, although I do not remember the exact age. Besides my usual studies, I enjoyed writing short poems, my experiences in a diary. In fact I wrote for my school magazines too. And gradually the interest has increased only.
I wrote my first poem at about 15. I wrote stories as a child....but it was not until I wrote a poem in high school that I "got bit" so to speak. That poem happens to be on my page and many kind people have been good enough to read it. Writing always has helped me exorcise my demons!
I tried a bit of writing when I was about ten years of age. It was an attempt at a "scary, mystery" story. But when my mother read it an pointed out, gently, that about every fourth word was "suddenly", I realised that i would not reach her standards (She was very gifted), although she tried to encourage me, I put down my pen until I went to Teachers' College where we HAD to submit poems and/or prose for the college magazine.
By chance (and, I hope, some real talent) my friend and "writing rival" scooped the poetry and prose prizes. She is now a highly recognised writer on Women's and Islamic Issues.
I didn't start again until finding HUbPages about three years ago.
For what little good that did me! Still unrecognised, by now, no longer scribbling.
(Except to answer questions on HP and congratulate the small number of decent writers on this site)
Thank you Twilight Lawns for your engaging response. I am glad you decided to answer this question.
Thank you so much for your comment, Anna.
You may, or may not, be surprised to hear that your kindness has spurred me on to attempting some more writing.
I am really glad to hear that you will be writing again, and honoured if this question has had any small part in spurring on that decision.
I think I was about 13 or 14. I was always an avid reader and loved mysteries like Nancy Drew and also a little bit of romance (nothing like they print these days! YEOW).
Also had a very active imagination and imagined myself as one of the heroines in the books I read. Then it dawned on me that I could make my own stories and make them just the way I liked them and it grew from there.
And of course as the usual angst-ridden teen, I wrote a lot of really bad poetry.
I first started writing around age 13 and it was mainly poetry and lyrics. I became very introverted around this age and writing was an outlet for my changing thoughts and emotions. From that age, I always made time to write and put together a folder of all my inventions. It's funny for me to look back on those now because I was in a different state of mind. As an adult, I got a degree in English and still love writing! Couldn't live without it.
I wrote a story about my dog passing away when I was 6. Nothing too in depth, but very sweet. My mother still keeps it, ha! I really started writing fiction around 14 and 15 and having continued ever since.
I started writing at the age of 14, I love writing and expressing myself through my pieces.
I started writing in earnest at about 18, when I started university. By the time I graduated, I'd written 5 full length novels and several hundred short stories and other bits. I haven't really slowed down since.
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