When Did You Start Writing?

When Did You Start Writing?

I think this probably the most common question that a writer is asked. And I think my answer is pretty common, too.  I’ve been writing since I can remember – But I didn’t think much about the fact, that I liked to write, until the 7th grade.

After completing the assignment of turning my spelling words into a story, my 7th grade teacher called me to his desk.  He asked if I would be interested in joining his Essay Team the following year.  Even though I moved away and didn’t get a chance to compete, it made me realize that not only was writing something I liked to do, but maybe it was something I was actually good at.  But that wasn’t the only thing that happened that year school year.

So, at the time, (Some will argue that is still true… ) I was a little weird and had this giant, pink comb that I carried around in my back pocket and had named Harvey. When we had to write and illustrate a children’s book to be laminated and then given to a charity, I decided to write my book about him (ok,”it”). The story was about a giant, pink comb, named Harvey (of course) that didn’t want to be a comb anymore; he wanted to be a cowboy. I made the book huge and pink and in the shape of a comb.

Here again, the result wasn’t ideal: I turned it in late and got a D.  However, I think the process of writing the story and turning it into a book really sparked something in me. For a long time, I thought I wanted to write children’s books. That wasn’t exactly turn out to be my strong point, but it was still the starting point.

You know, I wonder what happened to Harvey. If I could talk to him again, I guess I would tell him thank you… or point at him and say, “It is all your fault!

Love and Laughter,



  1. A D? That’s not fair! Your book sounded amazing 😀

    When did I start writing? Hmm … not counting school reports, my first real foray was into Harry Potter fanfiction. I read Order of the Phoenix, discovered that Sirius had died, and I was like … “No. Not happening.” And I’ve pretty much been writing ever since. Although I like to think I’ve gotten a bit better since then!


  2. Hi Michelle,

    I think that is really neat. I didn’t even hear of such a thing until about 5 years ago – lol. I think once a writer starts on the journey, no matter their method, they’re hooked and there is no turning back.
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your start. And I hope your manuscript cutting is going well.



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