Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I was a teenage poet

I confess, I was a teenage poet. Unfortunately, a house fire destroyed all evidence years ago. Perhaps that’s for the best, but it got me to wondering, if I was to do a poll, how many authors began their writing career as a teenage poet?

I began a small writing group during noon hours for high school students at our local high school last fall where I have been teaching for six years and discovered the teenage poet is alive and well. Sometimes it takes the form of music lyrics, but every one of my storytellers felt a need to get that inner emotion expressed into the written word. So much so that it was almost an involuntary action for these imaginative teens. It got me to wondering if it might be a precursor to their becoming a future writer?

So I’m asking the question. Where did your writing career start? I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks!

6 comments:

Linda Kage said...

I started with poetry in first grade. I was into short story writing in junior high. And I had my first complete novel finished before I graduated from high school. None of them were good, mind you, but yeah, I think you're onto something. It does seem like a writer begins her career by doodling around with poems first. Hmm, interesting.

Big Mike said...

I too had a teenage muse. I applied to an in class writing contest and when I won, and all the bobby sox girls flocked around, I knew some day I wanted to be a writer (g).

BM

Jude Johnson said...

I didn't start with poetry but dabbled in it in my angsty years...I started as a child with short stories about magical horses.

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I wrote/recited my firt personal poem at age five. My teen years were full of poems expressing my feelings. Nothing like teen angst to get the creative hinges oiled.

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I wrote/recited my firt personal poem at age five. My teen years were full of poems expressing my feelings. Nothing like teen angst to get the creative hinges oiled.

January Bain said...

Thanks for your wonderful responses! I was away from an available computer for a few days and could not respond before now, but your replies are heartwarming and make me feel rather even more special about the company I keep!