So, the question from this month’s IWSG newsletter is: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
That’s a tricky question, since I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure exactly when it dawned on me that I could actually do this for a living, but my First Rejection Slip was probably back in Middle School. I tried to sell some poetry I had written, and of course, I tried to sell it to the most wildly inappropriate, highest-paying markets I could find. Form rejections all around.
I dread to think what those poems really were, and I’m not sure I’d be able to find a copy, if I wanted to, but I still have those rejection letters. They’re souvenirs of those first steps.