When Did You Begin Writing?

This is the first question that most writers are badgered with in interviews. Does it matter? Does it make a difference whether they began at five or ninety-five? Frankly, I don’t think so.

I know of a writer who began reading literature for pleasure only around 20 years of age. The urge to write followed him soon after that. George Eliot was first published when she was 40. A few more late literary bloomers can be found here.

Since this is always the first question, and since I’ve promised myself that I would be honest here, I’ll tell you about when I began. I started writing when I was about 8 years of age. My school rough notebook had hastily penned (terrible) poetry about the trees and dogs that I could see from my classroom window. That was when my mother decided that I need to maintain a journal of my writings. She gifted me a diary. I still remember my first poem in that. It was titled ‘Nature’ and every other line started with ‘Oh! Nature! Oh! Nature!’ For many more years, I was fixated with the exclamation mark. 🙈

Who would want to read these ramblings? Most probably, you are a writer too. If so, then remember it doesn’t matter whether you are 8 or 18 or 80… Don’t listen to the naysayers. Keep writing! (I told you I had an obsession with exclamation marks!) 🙂

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