I participate in a Twitter chat called #TweepWriter. It’s a community where writers answer a different question every day throughout the month.
Today was day 20, so this was the question: What was the first thing (poem, short story, book, blog post, etc) you ever wrote about?
I think I misunderstood the question because I said this:
Most of the others posted about things they wrote as kids, like “I wrote a story about a horse that has no friends. I was 9.” Plus, I didn’t really say what it was about.
So, I thought I’d take another stab at it.
The first thing I wrote was . . .
I don’t remember exactly. I mean, my childhood was a while ago. I remember writing some Nancy Drew fanfic and I wrote a story about a friend getting sick from drugs or something for a DARE writing contest. I won and had to read it in front of ALL the kids and ALL their parents and I think everyone in the school.
That was fun for shy me. I didn’t tell my mom about it until the morning it was supposed to happen.
Me: I’m reading my story at an assembly today. You can come if you want.
Mom: Wait . . . what?
That was around age 12. A few springs ago, my grandpa showed me something he found in a box. It was a poem about a coyote and had this at the bottom.
I was 11 in 1991. So maybe this was the first thing.
Anyway, there’s evidence that I wrote things at a young age, but I couldn’t tell you which was first.
However, many other writers knew what their first thing was, so now it’s your turn: What was the first thing you wrote? Tell us about it in the comments so we can all enjoy your young brilliance.