Biographical Non-Fiction posted December 4, 2017

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A short essay on how I came to be writing on Fanstory.

I Write

by Sharon Meda

Writing Contest Winner 

My first recollection of writing anything was when I was in grade 5 and my teacher called me on a poem that I had written, not believing that I had penned it myself. My mother got involved, went to the school and talked to my teacher, assuring her that she had seen me write the poem. I'm not sure that the teacher believed her, as I remember her being quite disgruntled about the whole thing and grudgingly giving me a 'C' for my work.

Many years later, while I was in high school, I was writing a few poems in my spare time and keeping them in a binder. Mom took the binder to a friend who had sold a few stories and was working on a book. At Mom's urging the friend offered me some encouragement; 'Keep practicing, keep writing.' I thought at the time, she didn't seem overly impressed with my attempts.

Over the years I've felt that I would like to try my hand at writing a book, but I didn't know where or how to begin, and it was always sitting on the backburner as I was busy with life. A couple of winters ago, I became aware that our local college was offering online courses in many study areas, including writing. The cost per 6-week course was $129.00 and I enrolled in and completed a couple of beginner writing classes. While I enjoyed them I still had no direction. Then, the college turned the on-line training system over to our public library and the courses were offered for free as of January 2017.

I've always been one of those 'Geeks' who loves to learn and the challenge of tests, so this opened up a wealth of opportunity for me. I signed up for 8 courses at a time, but soon found that I was overwhelmed with work and classes, so I cut it back to 3 at a time and to date have completed a total of 12 writing courses of different levels and aspects.

But now, the question arose of what to do with my new-found wisdom. Searching the internet, I found the location of a multitude of contests. I was quick to enter 6 stories, poems, and artwork pieces on various sites and then went searching for more.

This led me to the Fanstory site in mid-October of this year. I had no idea if I had any talent at all, but I did have the desire to write something, although I had no idea what that something might be.

Through the encouragement of the wonderful people on this site, I have been eagerly soaking up all the offered tips and help. I'm reading all that I can find here and working to improve my skills. I still don't know where I'll be going with this, but I plan to retire in about 3 years-time, and my hope is to be able to sell a few articles or stories along the way to supplement my retirement income.

And so, once again I must thank you all for your continued support and teachings. I feel like this is just the beginning of a wonderful journey and I'm happy to be sharing it with you.

Writing Prompt
Write a story or essay with the topic of "writing". Can be instructional or a character in the story can be a writer. Creative approaches welcomed.

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