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My Earliest Writing Memories

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As someone who is somewhat new to the blogging thing, I often worry about running out of ideas. It was a concern for me in the past, and to help combat this concern, I have searched for lists of prompts designed for authors, and I came across the 21-Day Author Blog Challenge from all the way back in 2012. It seemed like a fun challenge, and I’ve decided to take the prompts from that list and try to fulfill them.

The first is “What’s your earliest writing memory?” It’s an interesting one for me because I’m not entirely sure. The first thing that comes to mind are homework assignments from my early elementary school days. The first thing I remember being assigned to write was a horror story. I don’t recall a single bit from that story, except something vaguely involving a shovel–maybe? I think the grammar mistakes the teacher corrected stand out to me more because I worked hard to try and remember them.

It would be fun if I knew where that assignment was so I could share it, but I have no clue if we had even kept it. Somehow I doubt that would have survived the years.

I’m not sure that’s what the prompt is quite looking for because that was just an assignment, but I do recall considering being a storyteller of some form all the way back in middle school. Movies were more my thing back then, so I wasn’t really writing books or short stories back then. Video games barely had stories back then–at least none of the ones I was playing–so I can safely say I was not even considering writing for those.

It’s difficult for me to remember the first writing memories as someone actively trying to learn and pursue the career of a writer, but maybe I can live out a childhood vicariously through you. Some of you reading this might not be a writer, but what are your earliest memories of whatever it is that you do or wish to do in the future? I would love to know in the comments below! Or you could send me an email or a message on social media.

Stephanie Rita Clark is an aspiring author from a small town in the Midwest of the U.S.A. She loves anime and video games, and she spends a little too much time on YouTube. Receive a free dark fantasy short story by signing up to her newsletter (here), and you can also stay up to date on all of her works (including upcoming urban fantasy, dark fantasy, and the occasional horror).

This post was simultaneously posted on my Medium blog.

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