IWSG: My First Piece of Writing

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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.

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3 thoughts on “IWSG: My First Piece of Writing

  1. Thanks Karen – seeing your post pop up on my feed today reminded me what day it was!
    And yes – I recall aiming too high at the start 😉 because of course someone needed to discover my as yet unrecognised talent (rolls eyes)

  2. Stephen Tremp says:

    I admire anyone who can write poetry. Me, I’m not good at it except for a little haiku now and then.

    Stephen Tremp
    IWSG Co-Host August 2016

  3. Juneta says:

    Reading your post made me remember it was probably poetry for my first written stuff after all. I could not remember, but now I do remember a journal with poetry which I lost in a flood in 1989 because it was in a storage trunk on the floor in my room. Thanks for helping me remember.

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