For every writer, there’s the story that gets you off and running. A story that solidifies that you want to pursue a writing career. I wrote stories in high school, but it wasn’t until college that I decided this is what I wanted to do.
I wrote a story called “Blossom,” about a high school graduate who goes on a little adventure with his mom’s friend’s daughter. The daughter is a wild one and shows him a good time. The story is told through journal entries throughout the week.
My story was one of many that my school published in Creative License, a local school’s literary magazine. I remember grabbing copies of that issue and signing them to give to family and friends. It was so exhilarating seeing something I wrote published. It was a highlight in my college career.
I look back on it now, knowing more about writing, and I see so many mistakes. The most glaring is the journal entries. I inserted too many entries and it broke the flow of writing. Another mistake is that I didn’t take the time to edit and re-draft my work. I think if I did that, the flow would be better, the characters would be more three-dimensional. I could go on and on, but I’ll leave it be.
Despite the flaws, “Blossom” will always be number one in my heart. It stirred in me the desire to pursue this writing ordeal as more than just a hobby. It’s impossible to build my success on one story published years ago, but I can learn from it.
What about you? What story or novel you wrote stirred a passion in you to write? What’s your “Number One?”