There’s a first time for everything. Truth. One of the questions we ask consistently of the authors we interview is, “What is the first thing you wrote?” Most, if not all, our authors can remember the very first thing they wrote with great detail. I too can remember the first thing I wrote. At least the first good thing I wrote that I was proud of and that made me want to be a writer for real.
It was a class project. We had to pick a partner and together write a short story. First, let me say, I have never liked “group work” because a group doesn’t work. One person works and the others watch. No big deal because I liked to write and I liked coming up with the story. My partner came up with the characters’ names. Our story was about a boy and his dog. And just to make it interesting, I wrote the story from the dog’s point of view. What can I say, I was 10 and it seemed like a good idea. The dog’s name was Rufus and the boy’s name was Jimmy because my partner liked a boy named Jimmy. The title of the story was Rufus, because, you know, the main character.
The gist of the story was that Rufus had a boy who went missing from home. Rufus went on a journey to find Jimmy. It turned out Jimmy was simply at school. The story wasn’t long, just 10 pages, and it was certainly short on plot and character development. But, it was original, had dialogue, paragraph structure, a climax and denouement. The BEST part was that our story was chosen by the teacher to be posted on the bulletin board in the classroom as the best story from our class.
I was very proud of that story and I really wanted to be a writer ever since that day. I wish she’d have given the story back to me, I’d like to have it, just to have it.
So what was your first time? What did you write? Do you still have it? Let us know!
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