My reading began with the first, obvious primers -- Dick and Jane, Mother Goose, Dr. Seuss. I was surrounded by books and burrowed happily into them -- mainly classics such as Stevenson, Twain, Poe, Longfellow, Whitman and Melville.
I began writing in school -- jokes, sketches, send-ups of popular works. In high school, I continued to write comedy. After college, I began to perform standup, improv and sketch comedy. As time passed, I was drawn more to journalism.
I wrote for parents, teachers, peers and pals.
I'm a late bloomer as far as writing is concerned, and as such am envious of authors who knew from early childhood they wanted to be a writer.
For me, it was the sound of fingers on a computer keyboard that started it all. I was working at a small town community newspaper, and that click-click-click was music to my ears. That's when I decided to write a book. My first reader was a close friend whose kind words of encouragement are still very dear to my heart. (Hi, Sue!)
I've been reading since I was very young. I've always loved stories and often pretended I was the main character when I read as a child. That got me interested in writing. It was a natural step to move from reading to writing. However, my first piece of writing was for school. We had to write a short story, what I would now call a flash piece. My story was nothing compared to some of the other stories and I clearly remember thinking that I would always do better than I did on that occasion. Of course, practice helps and I practiced a lot! No one read any of my work for many years. In fact, I didn't even tell anyone I wrote until about five years ago. We're talking about three decades after that story I wrote for school.
i read a book called silver brumby kingdom. I began to write when i was about 10 or 11. the first people to read my writing and poetry would have been my mum, probably.
I basically got interested writing in the early 1970s. I was inspired by literary writers like James Baldwin, Edmond Wilson, and Richard Wright.
I started writing as a freshman in college. My first published piece was about the execution of Gary Gillmore. Seeing my name in print and voicing my views about an important issue of the day was very eye opening.
When I was in second grade I found a book about a little cat called Sneakers in the library. Many years later, I found it in the library book sale with the old card still glued inside the back cover. I discovered I'd borrowed it 19 times over two years.
My seventh grade English teacher decided I was a writer and gave me and one other student a special assignment. Every Monday for the rest of the year, we both turned in a piece of writing, any writing, but every week, something new. It wasn't easy, but it worked.
The first audience I remember well was my fifth grade class. My friend Susan and I had built houses in our desks for my tiny teddy bear and her hedgehog pencil sharpener, who were partners in a detective agency. Our teacher let us read the stories we wrote about them to the class every Friday afternoon.
i don't remember what i first read,but i think i started writing out of boredom,or maybe it was when my mom gave me my 1st journal when i was 9...i also think my mom and my grandmother were the 1st that i shared my writings and drawings with.
Actually I have only some answers.It started as a competition between a friend of mine and me.He is the first to read and comment in my blog
Twain and Vonnegut were my first favorites. I started writing when I was 12 and published my first poem at 17. Contemporaries in college were my first readers, and fellow poets obsessed with language and writing.
I began writing as an editorial assistant to an historian. Then I authored ‘A Collection of War Poems’ that were published in a 1990 Brisbane Writers Anthology.
In the late 1990′s I was offered an opportunity to take over a Defence produced, four page, black & white copy newsletter called ‘The Sandgroper’. With limited desk top publishing skills, I taught myself how to use a basic publishing software program and from there, I transformed ‘The Sandgroper’ into a full-colour, glossy magazine. The publication was circulated to over 2000 Defence families living in Western Australia. I was directly responsible for design, production, development, sourcing sponsorship, conducting interviews, managing budget (Defence), and distribution. The publication became so popular that the Governor of Western Australia and other notable figures substantially contributed to each quarterly edition.
Simultaneously, the Committee of the prestigious Claremont Yacht Club asked me to consider producing their quarterly publication, ‘Midstream’ – to which I eagerly agreed.
My husband and I were the first to read what I wrote. I have very supportive husband who looks after, encourages and motivates me.
1. Dr. Suess or The Bible Stories or was it Ulysses?
2. With my left hand.
3. My kindy teacher or my Mum.
Jack London, Call of the Wild.
On the lake as a child.
My friends & newspapers.
1. winnie the pooh :) but if in sense of understanding and using my imagination, and lit reading, it would be Pride and Perjudice at the age of 10, i was done with the book.
2. during kindergarten, my was very much taught by my teacher the lovelyness of reading and writing. When in elementary school, I wrote a lot of essays and am always the Top English student in the whole school. In high school, i begin writing my own short stories.
3. The first to read what i write would be my brother, mother and teachers.
The first thing I remember writing was a series of short stories based on some of the songs on Peter Gabriel's "So" album.
My roommates and my youngest sister loved them and now I wish I'd held on to them, but I tossed them during a move when I was still in the USAF.