I’d like to offer a special thank you to whomever thought up the monthly question. It makes it that much easier to take part in the IWSG posts.
August IWSG question: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
I’m sure I mentioned before how unaware I was of my writing skill as a young person. Sure, I journaled as a teen which really meant I vented onto the page until I had sorted out my feelings. Those dramatic works were eventually burned.
But that’s not all I did. I was troubled as teen by my youngest brother’s death. He drowned when I was eight. I carried survivor’s guilt with me well into my twenties.
As a teen, I became obsessed with death and expressed it in poetry. The poems were spiritual in nature and questioned what happened next, and how a person, me, was expected to cope with loss.
Many a friend cringed when I pulled out my notebook to share my latest morbid work, but one poem was included in a collection of works at my high school. I’m not sure if the teacher was desperate to fill in an empty space or my doom and gloom was actually any good.
Some schoolmates, the ones that throw nothing away, may still have a copy of it somewhere., but I’m not that kind of person. Very likely during one of my many purges, I threw it away.
Looking back, I realized how little I respected my writing process. I didn’t understand what it meant to create something unique. I rarely shared my work outside my circle. Any constructive feedback I did receive was from teachers.
Thanks to them I have a thick skin and still haven’t given it up. What about you did you have any idea where your writing would lead?