The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a large group of writers–and we post on the first Wednesday of every month. Thanks to August’s co-hosts: Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders!
What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
I started writing when I was 9. I wanted to be a “writer” by the time I was 12. To say that I have a backlog of childhood scribblings is not an understatement. Cheekily, I started calling it my “Juvenilia” because that’s what Jane Austen called her childhood scribblings.
I mean, none of it’s good. Oh, except for a snarky poem that got published in the elementary school magazine; that one was pretty fun. I have some of these pieces in a folder, on yellowing pieces of looseleaf. I have some things from high school and more from college, too. It’s the college stuff where I can really trace the things I’m interested in now, though—stories with diverse characters, engrossing characters.
But as an actual, dead-serious aspiring author, what is my first piece? It might be Book the First, which is on this blog, though I had no intention of publishing that thing beyond the blog. But it’s the first thing I wrote post-grad with the intention of finishing it and making sure it was book-length, so I suppose we can consider that my first piece as an aspiring writer.
It’s collecting digital dust and always will be. The reason I keep Book the First linked under its own Page is that I can really trace my writing abilities the past few years by reading it and then comparing it to anything I’ve written more recently.
Or can we consider the first incarnation of my fictional Keegan family the first piece I wrote as an aspiring writer? I wrote that first version–a Regency-era romance–with the intention of revising it up to scratch so I could, possibly, submit it. I sent it in to a contest run by a chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
At which I point I realized that while I like reading romance, particularly historical romance, I can’t write it. Also, that family had too much backstory to fit into a 250 page manuscript.
Speaking of that family…
PEARL is an off-shoot of the Keegan family stories and she is on Kindle Countdown this week!
I also want to tell you about a college friend who just published her first novel, Collecting The Constellations. I’m almost finished with this smart, action-mystery-thriller and will be reviewing it and hopefully interviewing the author, Emily Steers, on the blog soon–but I thought I’d ask if anyone out there would be interested in hosting Emily as a guest on your blogs as well. You can check out her Twitter @EmilySteers.