Every superhero has an origin story, right?
Well this author has an origin story, too, although it has way less action.
My very first short story was called “4 Best Friends.” I was eight years old when I wrote it. It told the story of – you guessed it – four best friends. I have no clue what actually happened. My plan was for it to be the next never-ending children’s book series like Magic Tree House or The Boxcar Children (does anybody remember these books?). I know this because I also wrote “4 Best Friends and something about Halloween,” and “4 Best Friends and something about Remembrance Day.”
What I can’t remember is whether I wrote this story because it was a school assignment, or because one of my friends introduced me to writing. I distinctly remember a conversation with my friend like this:
Me: What are you doing?
Friend: I’m writing a story.
Me: (in my head) That’s brilliant! I’m going to write a story, too!
Deep stuff, I know.
I also remember absolutely loving when in that same year of school we got to write a short story into a bound book. I felt so cool having a bound book with my work in it, complete with an About the Author page at the back!
All through the fifth grade I co-wrote a fantasy story with another friend. It was about a wizard named Tristle.
There was a series of stories about a girl named Halina who could talk to dragons or wanted to find the dragons or save the dragons…
When I was in grade eight I entered a short story contest in my city and won an honourable mention.
Family road trips were spent scribbling pages and pages of various stories and ideas. A futuristic captain trying to save the universe. A girl trying to figure out her past after her memory has been wiped.
I lived for creative writing class in high school. Sharing my original songs in public. Poetry. The spark for a current WIP.
There were countless summers I said to myself, “This is the summer I’ll finish a book!”
Then university came and I forgot how much I love writing fiction. I forgot how much I love reading for pleasure. Has anybody been here?
After university I found my way back to writing. I signed up for a couple NaNoWriMo competitions. I started to take my writing seriously. I realized that becoming an author would require so much more work and commitment from myself. I was up for it. It was a no-brainer. I’m a writer.
Writing has always been with me, has always been waiting, has always been patient. When I was a child I said I wanted to be a writer, but as I grew into my twenties, I realized how true that was.
Want to read some of my writing RIGHT NOW? Check out this short story!
It’s not a superhero origin story in the sense that one moment changed everything. It’s an origin story that was just always there, growing and stretching with me.
What’s your origin story?
Enjoy the journey.