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  • August 8, 2016

The Very First

And here we are only five days late answering IWSG’s question. But when you have a rhyming cat that takes control, things can get out of whack a bit. Anyway, on with the question and answer once more.

What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

My very first that I can remember was for a creative writing class back in high school. I shudder at the thought of it now. It was a huge, steaming pile of crap. But I still got an 83, I think, on it. Good enough for me in those days. The story was okay, but the grammar and the structure, basically everything else, was crap.

Then I never wrote again until many years later, 5 or 6 years I think, and the next one was better, but still just this side of complete crap. The idea is really good and it is one my list to write again, as I tossed that old version. So maybe one day I will get to it again. My list is just so long. So who knows.

Then came the blog and the rhyming cat and the rest is history. Stories just wanted to flow and away I did go. Each one better than the last I think, as you really do learn more along the way. That I can say after going back and editing a few of my first ones again. Scary some of the stuff that was missed.

Is your first story ever written published? Was it as crappy as mine? I am sure “just” “seemed” and many other words got worked into my first crappy one. Sadly, I really liked to re-use those two words a lot.

Enjoy life, forget the strife.



2016-08-08 11:27:20 Reply

What a fun question, and how funny that a prolific writer such as you could go years without writing!

My first “book” was before I knew how to write, which means probably a very good thing it wasn’t published. My dad was laid up with a broken back for several weeks when I was four, and I wrote “books” to read to him. (Because I couldn’t read the existing books!)

I can’t remember what I wrote after that other than assignments in school. I do remember that several of my stories got turned into plays my friends and I then produced for classmates. I don’t think I yearned to be a writer until I was about 15, and by then, I was keeping a journal, which I’ve been doing ever since. I don’t have any of my school-age journals anymore, but I wish I did. It would be fun to see how my writing, grammar and imagination have progressed…

    Pat Hatt

    2016-08-08 12:22:53 Reply

    Wow, you started early indeed. Yeah, I went a long arse while. But didn’t really catch the bug until the cat began yapping. Would be interesting to see how everything progressed from earlier indeed.

Alex J. Cavanaugh

2016-08-08 13:18:23 Reply

Poetry just became your groove. Although revisiting that old idea might prove fruitful.

    Pat Hatt

    2016-08-08 13:49:15 Reply

    Yeah, it is on my list. I will hopefully get to it.

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