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Hannity Chick
07-21-2006, 09:49 PM
I started way back when I was a little girl in 2nd grade.
I loved to write little stories about the birds and my pet dog.

I guess it all went up hill from there.
I also wrote a story for a local paper that they published and I was given 1st prize for it

07-21-2006, 09:53 PM
I also started to write in sencond grade, I wrote a short story in Jr High that was published and won an award. Only my personal colledtion of started and incomplete story ideas since then.
Time, motivation and focus kep me from finishng anything, I need to kick my muse in the *** and get a writing partner.

William Haskins
07-21-2006, 11:05 PM
i plan to start sometime in late 2009.

07-21-2006, 11:57 PM
I was once kidnapped by this serial killer and taken back to his trailer park. He chained me up and would come at me for his sick man-2-man pleasures every night. The only way I could keep him at bay was to tell him a fanciful story. So night after night I had to keep thinking of stories to keep this beer bellied cracker off me, finally after about a thousand and one nights of this I just ran aplomb out of stories and had to let him do what he wanted. When he finished he said, you might wanna write some of the stories down I think you have something. So my anthology "Tuscan Trailer Park Nights" was born.............
oh wait, that's not my story, that's Arabian nights. How DID I get started? Oh yeah,

I started in third grade. We had to an assignment to write a continuing story to "Lyle the crocadile." I wrote a long winded(for a 3rd grader) account of Lyle getting in a bloody knife fight with some street thugs. I got overly descriptive and gory and even drew a little picture to go along with it that basically looked like a red crayon had exploded. Well the teacher certainly didn't like my story but the other kids did and I think it was then that I got hooked on the thrill of manipulating people's hearts and minds with the written word.

07-22-2006, 06:46 PM
I started in high school when I worked on my school's newspaper. I've been a journalist ever since. :)

07-23-2006, 08:46 PM
My brother and I used to write Tv scripts, when we were in elementary school. This was back in the 60s, and we liked to write episodes of "The Man from Uncle," "The Avengers," shows like that. It was so fun, and I think I will ask my Mom if she has any of those scripts in her things.

07-24-2006, 07:10 AM
I started in 2nd grade by copying the Seven Chinese Brothers word for word and calling it my own. My older brother explained plagarism to me, but I just didn't quite get it at the time. It wasn't until 5th grade-ish that I really started writing stuff. I was blown away by Larry Niven's "Known Universe" short stories (or was it Unknown?). So I started writing short stories.

And now I'm a tech writer ... where did I go wrong?!

07-24-2006, 08:31 AM
I started writing when I was maybe eight or nine. I remember writing a story about a girl who was locked in the playground yard at school and couldn't get out.

It's been an adventure ever since.

07-24-2006, 04:50 PM
I started writing in second grade as well. (seems to be a popular time) I wrote a story for school about a little girl who wanted a horse for christmas but new she couldn't have one. She hears something in the middle of the night, (Christmas eve of course- I think it was a little magical christmas mouse or something like that) she talks to it for a while and in the morning she wakes up and sees a rocking horse under the tree. She is very happy and says "Just what I wanted" to her parents who are wondering how the heck it got there. At the time I was very proud of it-my parents and teachers were too. That was around the time my dad started telling me I was going to grow up and be a writer. He just wanted me to write his biography :(. I wrote through my teens and then stopped when I had kids-I had no time and I wasn't doing anything with things I wrote anyway so it seemed pointless. (Not to mention my husband who never read anything made fun of writing :( ) Now I have started again and pointless or not I remember how much I enjoyed it. Thank you all - this place has inspired me :) (man I babble)

07-24-2006, 10:46 PM
I started in third grade. There was this assignment that included these different piles of cards. One pile had an animal, another a color and the final one had a scene. I was hooked the moment I figured out the story for a red giraffe would be different than the one for a purple giraffe. And I've been making up stories ever since.

07-24-2006, 10:56 PM
I wrote my first story when I was seven. It was called The Green Bone and I think it was on green paper. I was proud of it. Wish I'd kept it safe.

I made up lots of stories in my head with many characters and wish I'd thought to write them down. I loved writing stories an poems in school but didn't seriously sit down to write until I was seventeen ( a book of poems I'd forgotten about and recently found - not publishable stuff though)

I started writing again about twenty years later. I had hypnotherapy for a phobia and went on the do A level art and started to write so the therapy must have cleared the way or opened something up. Then I wished I'd been writing all along.

'If wishes were fishes the sea would be empty and we'd have nothing to eat on Fridays'

07-25-2006, 02:53 AM
I started writing in high school but nothing serious. I started writing professionally for newspapers in 1995. So, I have been writing for 11 years. I have written for newspapers, magazines, television, radio and now internet. I enjoy the Internet medium most.

07-25-2006, 03:57 AM
I was about 5, I think. My folks have the books. I don't remember that far back.

Alan Yee
07-25-2006, 07:16 AM
I was about 10 when I first started writing stories. Quite strangely, it wasn't even that long ago. I was about 12 or 13 when I started reading writers' websites, messageboards, etc., and learning about publishing and the craft of writing. So as you can see, I was a very, er, outgoing child.

It's kind of scary to think I didn't even start until 5 years ago, and I've been writing seriously for 3 years. God, how time moves so quickly and yet so slowly.

07-25-2006, 09:20 PM
i am not really sure i have always wrote
for me it was kind of an escape as a kid.
i did not keep track of any of my writting until high school
that was when i started keeping poetry books and short stories.

07-26-2006, 08:08 AM
Actually I have always been writing, keeping journals and things like that. I become serious about it about four years ago when reading a book and daydreaming was no longer enough for me.

08-03-2006, 11:48 PM
As a child, we didn't have a lot of money. Well, my parents were well off, but I was poor. I believe the term is "Land Rich." So I would entertain myself for hours, going on grand quests and great adventures.

I would then recount my adventures and various harrowing tales to the kind queen (my Mom), who would instantly turn red and throw me into the dungeon. After hours in my room, the Punisher would call me forth and give me The Talk. (Usually on Distruction of Property, Defacement, Respecting Other People's things, etc.)

After a while, I figured out that the punishment was too great, so I just started writing. My Mom was my first editor. I remember a particularly mean letter I wrote to her as a grouchy thirteen year old. She corrected it and handed it back, with cretiques. (Like: over usage of the F word shows lack of imagination.) I was horrifed, but it prepared me for critics.

I was locally and nationally published at 15. After which I quit writing becasue I 'discovered boys.' Had a few more grand adventures after that. ;)

Now I stay at home, raise children and write. Its a simple life, but enjoyable...

A giggle a day keeps the craziness away... mostly...

08-04-2006, 02:14 AM
I started to really enjoy writing in the 5th grade, when I started reading a lot more and actually enjoyed it and wasn't forced. And I've written a lot of stuff since then.

08-05-2006, 04:50 AM
i started my writing as a hobby way back in highschool. My mom who is a frustrated writer inspired me. However, i am neither a member of any writer's guild in highschool nor in any school papers. It's all personal. I wanted to be a writer once just to continue what my mother wasnt able to do but i end up being a librarian and a teacher. Will there still be a chance for me, whadda ya think?

Can't Catch A Break
08-07-2006, 07:06 AM
I started in the 6th grade.

First with essays. I would make up these stories about my life and I got transferred to a more proficient class.

When I was in 8th grade, I began to write a soap opera.

It wasn't until college that I immersed myself in novel writing and news editorial.

08-11-2006, 11:26 AM
I didnt start writing for pleasure until I was 21. Saying that, I never read a book for pleasure until I was 20 3/4.

I am an impulse person driven to succeed at whatever I do. (Though I have failed many, many, many times.) My writing started for one reason and one reason alone---a english teacher told me how bad I was. It pissed me off so much I had to read....and then write.

My current novel, which I am working on getting published, would not have been finished if my mother-in-law hadn't first begin a religious argument with me, and then said I could never finish a novel. Her comment made me so mad that I went to work one day and started to write. Little did I know that 4 months later I would kick out a 445 page manuscript. :(

Mayor of Moronia
08-11-2006, 01:49 PM
2nd or 3rd grade

08-12-2006, 05:23 AM
The third grade for sure and maybe the second. I had a nationally published poem in the third grade. You know if I had the confidence now at 46 that I had at nine I would have a whole freakin giant sterlite tub full of rejection notices. My folks weren't impressed and they along with others told me I would never be good enough to be a writer. It has taken me all these years to get past that and start writing again.


08-19-2006, 06:40 AM
I started writing stories as soon as I learned to write, but I didn't write seriously until about 5 years ago, when I discovered my first internet forum. (I still go there, by the way. :) ) They have a section for text-based role playing, unusual for a video game forum, so I read through a couple of the larger ones and was instantly hooked.

My writing back then was fairly atrocious, but once I saw how good some of the other people were, I decided I could write like that. And...I can. Now that I know I can write at the amatuer level, I can try for professional. XD I'm having fun so I don't really care either way, but it's nice to dream. ^^;


08-19-2006, 09:24 AM
All the drugs I took in the 70s sort of wiped out all my memories. However, my hypnotherapist seems to think we're making good progress restoring my childhood.

I now vaguely recall getting this printing press from my parents when I was in grade school and putting out my own newsletters with it. I was writer, editor, and publisher.

08-19-2006, 09:35 AM
I started writing soon after I mastered the alphabet. The first story I wrote was an homage to the only author to touch me intellectually... Dr. Suess.:)

September skies
08-19-2006, 07:26 PM
I loved writing letters at age 4. I wanted to be ready for kindergarten.
Wrote a poem in fourth grade - won first-place with it in school contest.
Started writing short stories in sixth grade. Have been writing ever since.

08-20-2006, 08:39 PM
I guess I started to write in the 3rd or 4th grade. But my cursive penmanship was so bad by the time I got into high school, I went back to printing...

Oh! you meant when did I start to write creatively! Well, DUH! I had to do something during my time in Viet Nam, so I guess you could say '69-'70-'71. As for really applying myself, computer programming from 1984 - 1999, websit design 1997 - current, novels and short stories 1980 - current.

And don't think that the programming and web design wasn't writing. It forces you to think in logical progressions, exactly the same way novels and short stories do.

08-22-2006, 07:40 PM
my three beginnings:

First was in my freshman year of highschool. Did a little course based on 'Writing from the right side of the brain', which got my juices flowing.

Then I found a girl to write to, and discovered that my emotions were much more vivid when expressed on a page. Cycled through five of six girls, over the next couple of years, as musewife, then started writing prose when none of my efforts to secure a blazingly bright love affair panned out.

Second beginning:

Chicago 1996. Was to be my jr. year of college, if I had chosen to go. Something woke up in me, my imagination and passions just sort of coallesced, and I started to put together these books-with-a-capital-B, all sort of amalgams of prose and poetry and drawing, the 'experimental' and 'journalistic'.

These burnt themselves out in 2000. Or I burnt myself out. Or something so that I moved to Portland and started over again:

Trying to write for publication. Been six years. I can say, in that time, I've written or gotten neck-deep into five short-story-collections regarding same or similar themes, and seven novels.

The seventh being a few pages in the door at DAW (I passed first reading), and being looked at by a few agents, so that a fourth beginning "When did you start getting paid for writing?" is nigh.

Sliding Otter
08-22-2006, 11:58 PM
I almost gave up writing in fourth grade. I was forced to write with a steel nib pen (I'm sixty-three in case you are wondering.) The pen caught the paper, made a blob with the ink, and then my hand went over it and smeared it, leaving me with a D in handwriting. I was so frustrated with the process of forming letters, I had no energy left for what I wanted to write. I never enjoyed writing until later when I was a student monk in a monastery and did not like the way things were going in the religious order. I started writing subversive "position papers" and circulating them. The thrill of being involved in such a project excited me about writing. I have never lost my enthusiasm for it.

08-24-2006, 10:23 AM
Wouldn't say I'm an early bloomer like others, but as a kid, I've always loved to tell stories. I loved fairytales even before I learned to read and when I did learn to read, I prefer buying books to dolls and clothes. Still prefer books today rather than clothes and such today!

Since English is not my first language, I started my first SERIOUS writing around high school, when in our Journalism Seminar (I was one of the chosen because of my knack for cartooning), we were assigned to make articles. I wrote an essay about an experience and was shocked to win second prize (I was a newbie and all others who attended the seminars were already in the school publication). Still, that wasn't enough to spur me, since I had little confidence until two of my English teachers did show faith in me. That was around 3rd year high school, I think.

Now, I'm in the school pub, writing a novel with all the seriousness in the world! Hahaha...

Cat Scratch
08-25-2006, 06:34 AM
I started writing before I knew how to form letters with a pen or paper. My father gave me a tape recorder for Christmas and I would dictate stories and give the tapes to people as gifts. I graduated to composing crudely-stapled picture books by age 5, and developed elaborate storylines where I reused characters and retold stories in different medias (comics, stories, theatrical reenactments). I was also responsible for imaginary playtime in most situations--I dictated the storylines that we were to act out. That is, I did until third grade when the other girls pointed out that whenever I was in charge of the storyline, I always made up storylines that made ME the main character.

Something interesting I noticed recently: a lot of my current stories/books/plays draw on the same themes that fascinated me as a child.

08-25-2006, 07:24 PM
I started making up stories in my head when I was five, and acting them out with my friends on the school playground. TV shows were usually fair game, as were the books I was starting to read. I didn't actually start writing down a story until I was twelve. It went into a marble composition book (because I couldn't carry my mom's typewriter with me to school). It was overwrought pre-teen angst, but I was so proud. I have it to my then-best friend to read. A few weeks into her possession of the story, we had a big fight. She ripped the story to shreds and flushed it.

I wrote for the school paper in middle school. I found those articles a few months ago, and laughed at how terrible that little folded rag was. It was my only foray into journalism. In high school, I wrote a few short stories. Then I discovered the screenplay format, and fell in love. I wrote a sitcom pilot for an eleventh grade writing class, then started on a feature script.

In college I began writing a few more screenplays, but here my interest began to divide. I discovered the Internet, and also fanfiction (I never knew such a thing existed). Fanfic seems to be the dirty stepchild of fiction writing, but it helped me rediscover my love of prose. I started a novel. I continued writing screenplays. I adapted one of those screenplays into another novel (that I'm currently querying around).

I haven't written a screenplay since I finished my last one in 2001, and have turned my complete attention to novels. Two completed now. A third (with my writing partner) is a tad more than halfway finished.

Wait, what was the question? Oh, right. I started writing at twelve. Seriously writing around eighteen. :D

Becky Writes
08-26-2006, 02:42 AM
I think I wrote my first novella-length story in the 8th grade, but I had been writing little short stoies since I was 6. In high school I did the whole jounallsim thing, and was editor of the school paper and I had a weekly column in the local newspaper, but I knew journalism was not the direction I wanted to go.

08-26-2006, 03:14 AM
In first grade we had an extra copybook in the house and, since I felt like a prolific writer already, I penciled in two jokes, labeled the book with an original title "My Joke Book," and waited for the applause. No one clapped, no one laughed. I put that book away and sulked. But I kept reading. And reading.

Through the years I kept journals. I have about 11 notebooks filled with my take on life.

Almost seven years ago, I began to seriously write and submit to editors, everything from short horror stories to romance to religious essays to humorous poems. One book published and one book currently being shopped to publishers.

My mentors, though, were my parents and my sisters. Even though they didn't get my first writings at the age of six, they did encourage me years later.

08-29-2006, 12:30 AM
I think I've been writing forever, or it feels that way sometimes. My mom tells me I used to make up stories. I started actually being able to write sentences around the age of five, right before kindergarten. For Mother's Day that year, I wrote my mom a story and illustrated. My kindergarten teacher helped me put it together.

One year, we took a two week vacation traveling all over to visit my stepfather's relatives. I think it was the summer before my second grade year. During that vacation, I wrote a book. I took notebook paper, folded in half and there it was. I think my mom may have it somewhere.

In the seventh grade, I won a contest for a short story. In high school, I was editor of the school newspaper. I even started a novel during this time. In college, I took a couple of creative writing courses. Now, I work for the newspaper.

My daughter, who is 3, is already starting to make up stories. She's been doing this for at least six months. I truly hope she wants to write, too.

08-29-2006, 06:11 PM
Great Thread!

My fourth grade teacher taught Creative Writing and I loved it.

Then our family planned a vacation that went horribly wrong. It was around sixth or seventh grade. There had been a bitter cold snap and all flights were grounded in Houston. Our whole family --all my aunts and uncles and cousins included (Dad was one of nine), were scheduled to fly to Colorado for a reunion. Most of us lived in Texas and we were joining one Aunt and Uncle who had booked some cabins in Brekenridge Colorado, and lived in Denver. We had to get there, so we chartered a bus. The 25+hour trek from Houston was a family ordeal, with children put up in the luggage rack to sleep. I was too old for that and there weren't any seats so I slept on the floor, near my mentally ill multi-tatooed long haired hippie uncle who chain smoked and sang country western songs and kept the window open. When we arrived in Denver, there was a contest for the worst story of getting there and I was inspired to write. I didn't win, but one of my Uncles read it aloud and everyone laughed and enjoyed it. I became an English Major in college and the rest is history....

08-29-2006, 09:20 PM
In about the sixth grade, I wrote a book of fairy tales. Then i wrote some short stories but i never actually followed through on my writing (Life got in the way) until 9 years ago. I'm trying to make up for lost time.:)

08-30-2006, 01:28 AM
My first word was 'book'. No kidding. To say that I was (am still am) a geek, is probably spot on. I learned to read and write at 3 (by my book-obsessed mother). I wrote my first 'book' sometime thereafter (5 maybe). It was a horror story about a black cat. Anyone who crossed paths with this cat met a bloody end. I illustrated it and carefully bound it (most of the blood in the book is from my fingers, I wasn't so hot at sewing). After that, I turned to fantasy (uniforns and mermaids). :D
I completed a MS (sad, sad writing) in junior high which cronicled a junior varsity cheerleading try-out (by then I had learned to hide my passion for writing and actually became cool!). By high school I had started to target Harlequin, even though I never finished anything worth submitting.
I took creative writing in university, but majored in biology. My dad said I couldn't be a writer because there was no money in it. I never made it to med school, ran out of tuition money, and the oh-so-helpful dad ran for the hills when the subject of money came up. I work in the hospital laboratory in a job that pays the bills, but doesn't fufill me.
Now here I sit, night after night, plugging away at Harlequin-targeted MSs, hoping someday I'll prove that I can in fact be a writer. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.;)

09-01-2006, 05:06 AM
Started writing fiction shorts in the fifth grade and never have stopped. Began penning poetry in my teens, never stopped that, either. Non Fiction is a late-comer, beginning about twenty years ago or so ;).

09-01-2006, 07:23 AM
Not counting school assignments, I guess I began writing around the age of 8 (fourth grade). I made myself a journal, and wrote a lot about what was going on in my life (arguments with my sister, the bird dying, school crushes, etc.).

Writing for publication began 3 years ago, when I wrote a book for women dealing with depression (as yet unpublished). Two years ago I started writing poetry, and last year saw my first publications (articles, devotionals, poetry).

09-27-2006, 05:10 AM
This is very interesting topic. I must admit...I began early too. My first memories of writing...well, I was 7 or 8, that much I remember. And I had a typewriter. It had a tape...and that tape had the ink. No electricity whatsoever, in my typewriter, I mean.

First I typed with one finger. Then I learned to use two fingers. Then...much later I learned to use all my fingers and type with 10 fingers. Oh boy, is this joy!

I wrote all kind of crazy adventures. Often I was one of the main characters. And my cousin was there too. My jealousy was there too. How did the reader see it? I always got the best husband and my cousin got the worst one. Yes, I was a little girl and wrote stories like this: If person X gives items T,R and Q to person Z, they get each others and get married." Wish I could explain better....but that is how I wrote back then.