Thursday, April 26, 2012
Writing has been my passion since I was ten years old and wrote my first short story. It was the longest story I had ever written, and was loosely based on the story of the Donner party tragedy.
From that point on, my writing was largely fiction. I loved starting with just one sentence as a starting point, and allowing it to take me places where I had never dreamed of actually going. I learned to do research about places, so that my stories would be historically and geographically correct.
I took all the writing classes I could in high school, and especially loved a Creative Writing class that was offered my senior year. I also signed up for Yearbook and the school newspaper. Anything to be writing was my goal.
In college, I took English Composition I and almost lost my love of writing because of the instructor. The man who taught my class was a really strange duck, who loved complex compound sentences and considered us simple-minded if we wrote simple sentences. He had a horrible temper and if someone interrupted his classes or lectures, he would throw books and other objects at them. I quickly learned not to sit in a direct line with the door to the classroom after several near misses from books flying through the air. His language was not exactly ideal for teaching young impressionable students either. I did not get a very good grade in his class, and felt like I was a failure.
The next semester, I took English Composition II and had a lady instructor who was very positive and supportive. She loved my writing and I made excellent grades. I got my mojo back and discovered that no teacher can force you to write in a style that does not suit you. But a good one can reinforce your good style and make it better.
My writing after college was limited to my journaling for a long time, until I started working for the local newspaper. My love of writing and words blossomed from that point and has never shriveled again. I wrote a weekly column for the paper under the last editor, and even when he closed the paper, I continued to write my essays for a time.
I’m not certain if there will be another session of F2K because of some personnel problems that have come up, but I really hope there will be. I love teaching writing. I love watching people grow from hobby writing to professional writing. I love seeing my name and my work in print. I love t he comments that my “fans” make. They are so supportive.
I love writing.