As an author I often get the question, “When did you start writing?”
Thinking back, I’ve been creating stories and poetry since second grade. I have a vivid memory of writing and illustrating a bunch of books during that time period, but I hadn’t seen any of them in years. Luckily, a couple of months ago my mom found a few, including my prized hardcover copy of The Crystal. While it wasn’t my first story, it still sort of gives a timeframe of when my writing journey began (Predated by Googaly-Goo, The Ocean, and The Desert, all still missing).
I was eight years old when I wrote and illustrated The Crystal and for this blog I’d love to share with ya’ll where my first inspiration to be an author came from. The writing is poor, the use of clichés sickening and the ending definitely leaves something to be desired. (Maybe it’s good for an eight-year-old? I’d have to consult my teacher friends.)
Despite all of that I’m still proud of that book because I’d like to think I was motivated twenty years ago, while holding a finished product in my hands, to do it again someday. Maybe if I hadn’t had that special moment as a child connecting with a story I’d written, The Soul Mender Trilogy would never have come to fruition.
So without further ado, I present to you The Crystal (1996), by eight-year-old me, as an answer to the question of when I first started writing.