I've been away from the blogosphere for a while. With all my kids home for summer break, I find it much harder to spend time on social media. But with an end of the summer deadline for the sequel to CATALYST looming, I've been working hard on writing and now revising the sequel. And when I'm immersed in a project, I tend to ignore social media. I tell you all this as a very long, drawn-out excuse of why you haven't seen me around much. :)
So here's the IWSG question for 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?
This is a great question! I always tell people that the very first manuscript I wrote was an adult contemporary romance (a sweet romance.) But it's actually NOT the first. My first piece of writing was a YA contemporary novel about a girl and a boy living on two different continents. It was inspired by my husband's life as he lived for a while in South Africa and graduated from high school there. But I got three-fourths of the way through and never finished. Then I had the idea for the adult romance and started writing that one instead.
They are both collecting virtual dust on my laptop, with the hope that someday I can take those ideas and write a better story. I was a newbie when I wrote those stories. I had no idea how much I needed to learn and how much I would yet learn. And even now, I'm still learning and improving my craft. With each story I write, I can see the improvement.
In truth, I'm almost scared to go back and reread one of those first stories—I have a feeling I'll be cringing much of the way through!! Lol.