One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other. Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.
This week’s topic is:
Think back to when you first started writing because you wanted to write (as opposed to writing for a school assignment). What did you write? Why did you write? How has your writing changed since then? How has it stayed the same?
Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.
My first serious writing was to organize my thoughts about early man, so I researched and wrote the story as a biography. Which is when I realized writing was a lot more than narrative. I’m still working on that story!
I think I started writing the first time I could hold a pen, and I read almost as much as I wrote. Sometimes I wish I could find those first stories. All I have are the memories in my head! What I do recall is that they were full of imagination, but not necessarily any real discipline. Before I researched the subject matter within my plots there were so many holes in the story I’m sure I’d get lost in them. But my Dad loved my stories, and I have fond memories of reading them to him. He never pointed out the flaws, the unrealistic nature of my adventures, because he loved them. My writing has changed a lot for a number of reasons; practice, the amount I’ve read, advice and support from my peers, and research are just some of the things that helped.
Thanks for posing the question. I enjoyed walking down memory lane!
I think I write to be able to express my feelings. Sometimes it just feels good knowing you’ve written something that you feel proud of.
Team Netherworld is composed of a bunch of moldy old curmudgeons who write what we want to write. Therefore, we have virtually no readers. However, as we have in the sidebar of our underground blog, Undead in the Netherworld (as opposed to our somewhat more public blog, The Netherworld) “It is better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.” –Cyril Connolly