It's the first Wednesday of the month again, so let's get started with another meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! Alex J. Cavanaugh is our leader, and his minion helpers for this month are: Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders.
Be sure to check out the IWSG website!
I'm celebrating some good things this month. On Sunday, I finished the first draft of the third novella in my Self-Help 101 series. I'm planning on releasing Self-Help 101 or: How to Select a Costume to Help You Deal With People on September 27th.
Earlier this year I announced that I'd had a story accepted to the upcoming anthology Circuits & Slippers. This anthology features popular fairy tales told with a science fiction twist. It now has a Goodreads page that you can check out. The book is due to come out the last week of September, which happens to be the same week I'm releasing my next novella. That should be a busy and exciting week indeed!
Now it's time for me to answer the question of the month!
What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
I can say this much. My first piece of writing as an aspiring writer could never be published. Not unless I become famous someday and decide to publish it to show people how it's possible to go from having no clue about how to tell a good story to achieving success through hard work and determination.
I wrote that first story when I was in 1st grade. It was long (120 pages, though my writing was large and I was using wide ruled paper) and rambling. I didn't know anything about how paragraphs and and punctuation worked, so it was largely unreadable. The story itself, from what I remember, involved hot pink snow, dinosaurs, airplanes, and flying saucers. I can't remember much else about the story line now, as it has been sitting, gathering dust, at my parents' house. I haven't looked at it for many years.
Though the story was terrible, I'm glad I wrote it. I'm glad that I wrote every awful story I did as a kid, because that helped me learn and grow as a writer. I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't written them.
What's your insecurity this month? What happened to your first piece of writing?