Many thanks to Alex, all the co-hosts this month, and the whole IWSG team!!!
This month, I'm blogging from the Flat-Water Sprint Canoe and Kayak National Championship in Oklahoma City!
Question of the month: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
I took second place in my sixth grade classroom short story writing contest with a story about a pencil and eraser who run away from school. My teacher told me I had potential to be an author.
However, the pencil story is collecting dust.
One of my first novel attempts involved a nerdy girl having a crush on a popular boy in junior high with several failed attempts on her part to ask him to a school dance - oh, the agony of early teenagedom. I even foolishly had inserted my name and the name of a boy I liked into that story at one point and one of my friends took it and passed it around. I thought I would die of humiliation. I shredded that story to pieces with my own fingers after I cried over it. My "friend" thought she had done me a favor. I disagreed silently and kept my writing to myself for a long while after that.
(Now, in a weird way, I think I should rewrite this whole scenario into a MG novel.)
The interesting part of recounting all of this is that it makes sense with what I write today.
I like speculative fiction best and I feel extremely uncomfortable about writing romance.
(If I write that MG novel, my main character might get a time-traveling, full-length locker. I could fit in those as a teen - unfortunately, I know this from experience.)
My first stories and my first experiences with writing are still with me, inside.
So, I have a second question, based on the official one:
How did your early writing and writing experiences shape you as a writer?