Today I opened the banker's box that lay tucked in a dark corner under the stairs, the one with a layer of dust covering its surface, masking the permanent marker printed "Kelly's Personal Writings." Yesterday, we revamped our storage situation and at the tail end of this onerous task, I courageously pulled out this Pandora's Box, hauling it over to the floor beside my desk. This morning, eager yet intrepid, I began reading some of its contents: journals, diaries, books of poetry and short stories I had written as a teen. I spent various parts of the day revisiting this writing of my youth...and wondering how I might revive it.
Those were humble beginnings. But they are less humble than the ones I face now as I put my voice out there through my plays, poetry and personal essays. Isn't it interesting how life experience makes you more humble as a writer? Now, Dear Diary, I am looking forward to reworking some of my earlier writings--wish me luck! :-))
All authors have a back story to their writing journey. How did your writing career begin? Can you trace it back to early journalling or story-telling? How has your early writing shaped your voice? Have you ever revisited pieces you wrote as a child or adolescent, and if so, how have they changed?