Dr Seuss. I wrote my own stories at home. My parents read and posted them on the fridge.
I tended to read books for people older than I was as a child. My first real book I can think of was by Judy Blume. I began writing through journaling. I never thought of writing as a career or anything like that. I wrote a play when I was 9, and I gave it to my teacher, but not sure if she ever read it. It was 25 pages long, and thinking on it now, it probably made zero sense.
It started when I was a kid and used to read old story books from a community library. Later, I moved to writers that attracted me as an adolescent!
The first time I thought of writing when a friend/mentor asked me to create a blog...And then it got me thinking. I had so much to share...Once I started writing, people began to tell me that I write in a casual friendly style and it was easier to read and understand.
Anything and everything. By age eight I was heavily into Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. I like to mix classic authors like Mark Twain with modern writers such as Daniel Hecht or David Sedaris. I started writing interesting stories in grade school, though often my teachers were worried they must be plagiarized since creativity must not be such common practice. I was noticed by a few local editors and marked by first achievement by having author Chris Woodyard remark on some of my work. I just send things out to the world most of the time, unaware of who reads it.
When I was a teenager I read mostly Christian fiction. My favorite writer was Grace Livingstone Hill. I loved romance and mystery. In fact, I tried to write a novel when I was in high school, but my heroine, who was running away from an orphanage, didn't make it past the bus station. She ran out of steam, unfortunately. Or, more accurately, I ran out of words!
I really began to write in 2003. My mortality became all too real to me a couple of years earlier, and I was drawn to try something I had wanted to do for a while, write a book about Psalm 138:2. It was one of those inner "unctions" that wouldn't go away. I'm glad it didn't.
Starting to write was very difficult. Not necessarily the writing, but thinking about someone actually reading it was terrifying. I wouldn't even let my husband read it at first. Little by little, one step at a time, I released my words to the world. A couple of friends first, then Writers' Edge Review group, then contest judges. After a while, I learned to view a good critique as a blessing.
As far back as I can remember, books were an important part of my life. I used to read a lot of books written by Black authors, including Richard Wright and Langston Hughes.
At the age of 9, I started writing my own stories. I'd use the black composition books that everyone used to use for school work, and I'd jot down stories to go along with the cartoon characters I'd create.
My first "real" book, "Can I Exercise Sitting Down", was published by iuniverse.com. My mother and sister were the first to read it. I was so excited to see my book in completed form and that's what encourages me to continue writing.
That's hard to say. I remember Dr. Seuss books vividly. I began to write when I tried keeping a log of ideas I used to get when I was younger. The first to read my writings were my poor friends I used as lab rats. "Here, read this!" Then I would promptly shove a piece of my writing into their face.
Green eggs and ham was my first English book. I started writing poetry at 11. Later I had my sister read everything I jotted down.
The first book that I ever read was by Terry Mcmillan who wrote Waiting to Exhale. I began to write poetry as a youth as a way to express my feelings to my loved ones, and later on I began to write Hip-hop lyrics with a dream of becoming a rapper. In 2007 while in a alcohol & drug rehabilitation facility I decided that it was beneficial to my growth to share with the world a fictional story which reflected my real life. I also intended it to be an inspiration to others who still suffer in the mean streets of America. Ms. Tracy Stroud of Buffalo, New York was the first to read my book titled Pappy.
I started reading phonetically before the first grade, my mother taught me letters and the alphabet and I just learned naturally from there. I would write little sentences and poems and just went from that. The first people who read what I wrote were my parents of course!
I first began seriously reading when my Dad let me take his books, which were mainly clasics such as Dickins, Pliny, Cicero, Homer, Virgil. I began writing historical narratives based on what I had read. The first to read my writings were my school teachers, but some of my work is soon to be published on my weblog and as small booklets.
I began reading when I was four years old, so I guess it was the typical types things. My mother discovered I could because I would read the label of cans, street signs, etc. She didn't quite believe it so she brought me a dictionary, flipped to a page and asked me what I saw. I read it for her. The first serious book of my own I recall was at 8 years of age a family friend gave me a copy of Edgar Rice Burroughs, "The People that Time Forgot", I was a sci-fi/fantasy fan forever after.
I first began to write around age eleven. I was deep into Star Wars at the time and had ideas of what I wanted to happened, so I started writing them down. My first fanfics.
My parents, that didn't go over very well at all.
I first read a book called The Big Red Apple. I began writing in fourthe grade, and the first to read my work was my parents.
My mom, My dad, My grandmother
I began writing as a snarky teenager on the high school newspaper. Apparently I hadn't developed my sense of political correctness but aptly embraced my inferiority when I launched an attack on the "popular" girls in a so-called high school sorority.
That feeling of sharing myself, while safely nestled onto a newsprint page, was liberating and addictive.