DL's done it again - another great idea! You can find all the links for the Origins blogfest over at DL's website.
So, how did I become a writer?
I've always loved stories. I read voraciously at an early age (still do) - & I remember visiting the library every 3 weeks with my two bags loaded with books. So many great series - so many tales out there. But I didn't write any of my own then.
We only had 2 creative writing assignments in grade school. We spent most of our time diagramming sentences - yuck! One of our 2 assignments was to write a page beginning with ____ is a ____ sport.
I chose tennis. I was on the tennis team at the time. I was also the shortest & tiniest kid in my class and on the team. I might have had a decent serve and pretty darn good backhand, but I couldn't compete against these kids who outweighed me - sometimes doubled my size. So, I wrote about the year on the tennis team. I started off with: Tennis is an exciting and terrifying sport. I finished it off with something like: So is tennis exciting or terrifying? I'll let you decide.
I got marked down for not coming to a conclusion. *sigh* But I liked that story. Even after it was long gone, I remembered the fun I had writing it. I didn't put pen to paper for years and years after that, but I kept the stories going in my head. Decades later, I decided to try writing again. And you know what? Those adjectives I used to describe tennis? They work fine when describing writing too.
Do you remember any of your grade school stories?
Don't forget to check out DL's for other participants. My computer is still in Repair Land, so I probably won't be able to visit many of your blogs - but I'll catch up once I get it back!