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The First Inspiration

Does anyone remember what first inspired you to write? With that image in mind, I'll go a step further; can anyone remember their first piece of written work? For myself, I was ten years old, and upon seeing a beautifully illustrated picture I decided that I had to find the words that would do it justice. Humble as it was; that was my entry to the world of prose and poetry. I'd love to hear how others first found their inspiration, maybe you weren't young like I was, maybe writing was something that came later. Whatever the circumstances, there is always something about writing that is significant to each of us. So, I'd like to start this discussion with a question;

What first inspired you to write?


Leoni Carlson

29th February 2012


I was about 10 also, and for something to do in the school holidays, I entertained myself by making a little book from left over pieces of exercise book pages, folded them into four, then stuck the pages all together.
I used a pencil for writing the title,'My writing book' and inside I wrote it like a diary of notable events during the holidays.
That's when I became the 'Memory Keeper.'


Davide Castel

1st March 2012


I have only been writing just over 2 years now, as a child I can't remember writing so I don't have any foundation. I drew from the age of six and that's where my desire for writing really stemmed from, adding words to my illustrations that I had a ton of. The first story I ever wrote was "Howie And The Wise Sun" which really ushered me into the world of writing.


Robert Harris

29th February 2012


i had written back in my school days, for english class and what not, but my first real attempt to write came in 2001, when i was thinking of my old roleplaying game (pencil and dice game, like the old Dungeon's and Dragons game) Street Fighter which i ran years prior, well i was thinking about it one day and opened up a word program on my friend and roommates computer and started writing it out, After a while i started learning the craft, and all the little nuances that came with it, now that one attempt of writing has now led me to countless story ideas and more


Aaron Greene

29th February 2012


ha ha i've started up a discussion about people's first inspirations :P


Elizabeth Tan

1st March 2012


I didn't really have inspiration. I began writing since I was 10 as well (mostly diary entries). I wrote my first short children's story at age 12 in Mexico. It was a geography assignment. I was new to the place and had the worst grammatical errors, and yet, somehow I did a story. From all the students in the classroom, my 6th grade teacher gravitated towards my story. He actually read it out loud for everyone to listen! :o I was quite embarrassed and didn't know how everyone would react to my innocent childish story, and to my surprise everyone enjoyed it. My teacher even talked to my mom about it!:o He told her that I had a great imagination and if that I were to decide in becoming an author that they shouldn't hold me back. It was thanks to my 6th grade teacher that I discovered a hidden talent. I never knew I was that good at writing, but now I know. When I publish a story, I'm going back to him to show him!


Karen Gomez

29th February 2012


Lucy, thats amazing to hear! What a memory keeper you must have been!


Robert, I think some people are made into writers through the course of their lives. I think that illustrations and writing are closely linked, because they're both forms of expression. I was very similar, I was an artist before writing came to me, if you think about it, every picture tells a story right? I think writing is more than words.

Aaron, that yet again proves that writing can be inspired by anything, and what's amazing about your story is, because you discovered you're writing that way, it has it's own unique quality to it. I've always believed that before expression you need impression. It's the same for all artists, whether they're writers or not. Building up a bank of things you enjoy, or admire, gives you something to write with.

@ Elizabeth, awfully sorry! I didn't realize you had! If I had known I would have commented there... guess I just couldn't keep the thought out of my head!


Leoni Carlson

1st March 2012


That's an amazing story Karen!! Doesn't it feel wonderful to find such a rare talent within you? I know how that feels, I only started seriously writing when my teacher in my grade 12 class, read my essay in front of the class, I was so shocked I couldn't sit still! I was seriously shaking! I really hope that you publish your stories someday! It'll make you're teacher proud! Whatever happens never forget what that talent has done for you! :)


Leoni Carlson

1st March 2012


"writing is more than words." well said Leoni!


Robert Harris

1st March 2012


Thanks Robert! I'm glad i make sense half the time at least :D I wasn't sure if my meaning came across properly, so I'm glad you understood!


Leoni Carlson

1st March 2012


Thanks Leoni! It feels absolutely wonderful! I guess we share the same feeling:) Even in college, my writing teacher kept making good comments about me. Again, I was shocked. It feels amazing when people recognize your talent:)

I also hope that I publish my stories! I'm working hard right now. Studying writing, collecting inspirational stuff for my stories, and doing paintings. It's all gonna take time, but I know it's worth it. I'm tired of wasting time and leaving my stories without readers, so now I'm committed.


Karen Gomez

1st March 2012


Karen, I'm glad to hear how committed you are to your passion of writing. Now is the beginning of many great things for you. Keep at it! Never lose that inspiration! You're sure to make it, even if only in your own estimation! :)


Leoni Carlson

1st March 2012


ha ha leoni it's fine! Great minds think alike, i suppose :P


Elizabeth Tan

2nd March 2012


I think you might be right Elizabeth lo. Thanks again Leoni!


Karen Gomez

1st March 2012


definitely Elizabeth! My pleasure Karen!


Leoni Carlson

2nd March 2012


My very first 'real' work (having grown up beyond the teeny-tiny little scribbles on practically anything I could write on - yes, including walls and desks...) happened when I was 10. Asked in English Lit. to do a piece of creative writing I went to work immediately, foregoing playing with my boys, spending the whole day on my work, which was of a Pirate, slash, Covert Op, GI Joe type of military coup where a team of Specialists with cool code names like "Wolf, Cobra and Sgt. Hawk" were sent in to rescue a hijacked Oil Tanker. And after editing it and revising it the whole night - in pencil - barely sleeping, too excited to show it off, I returned the next English Lit. class with 11 whole pages (both sides) of a high seas daring adventure! Everybody looked at me weird because their stories were like 2 - 3 pages while mine was a huge stack, carefully stapled and edited to perfection!

I got a great mark, the highest in the class, but my excitement soon turned to rage and hurt and disappointment after I was going through my work with Mrs. Antoine, who I grilled to no end, And after talking non-stop about the really cool action sequences - I found out that she really didn't read it all, no. She was mostly agreeing with me before I began to question whether she read it or not. I decided to make up some things to catch her in a lie. She fell for it. And that's when I screamed out at her, "You didn't even read it!" And I told her I didn't want the mark if she didn't read it, so...a few nights later she actually did read it and was quite impressed! And so was I because I knew I deserved that high mark after all the hours I spent locked away in my room writing the damned thing! Lolz!


Daniel Bird

2nd March 2012


That was a story in itself Daniel! Loved your detailed memory from back then.
Can just imagine the way you felt. When the passion bug hits you with that inspirational arrow... you even forget about eating! So that says it all.

What is it about age 10? Is that when it all comes out?

Of course I imagine there are exceptions like Barbara Cartland who wrote stories at 5!


Davide Castel

2nd March 2012


she would wouldn't she!! I don't know what it is Lucy, I just know 10 was a magical age for me.

Daniel what an incredible story, you must have been so irritated by that teacher! I would be hurt just as much! I love hearing about how passionate you were then (and still are) about writing. I would also get lost in my stories, but my teachers never really had any thing positive to say, I was so enthused and almost sputtering with my stories, maybe they weren't clear to my teacher but I loved them, and I still remember the characters.

Later when I spent nights writing stories, I would feel wonderful until the last moment, and I'd almost want to throw it away because I was so scared what the reaction would be, I guess when you put a lot into your stories they become a part of you and it's personal.
I could never write short stories, they always ended up being long too! I couldn't bear it if I had left out a single detail!

It's nice to find fellow enthusiasts :)


Leoni Carlson

2nd March 2012


It is nice to hang out with writers, isn't it? I am having a great time here today in scribeslice! I'm glad you are too! HAPPY WRITING EVERYBODY!


Daniel Bird

2nd March 2012


YES HAPPY WRITING! xD Thats how it should be.


Leoni Carlson

2nd March 2012


Interesting story Daniel! Hell I would be quite ticked off if a teacher wouldn't even bother trying to read it. It's upsetting because we do spend a lot of hours trying to make a story work and be quite extraordinary. I'm glad she read it!

Leoni and Lucy: I was also wondering about the age 10. Maybe it's when our language and writing becomes more strong, and we just simply go for it?!

I agree with Leoni. Regardless of what the story is about, we spend all our time in writing it that it must certainly becomes part of us. I'm currently lost with all of my stories and characters. I've given birth to so many that I feel like those characters were my children lol.

HAPPY WRITING EVERYONE ^_^


Karen Gomez

2nd March 2012


My gosh.. I'm not sure.. I think my first true writing was called "Angels of Our Loved Ones".. a short poem that I wrote basically out of nowhere, I must have been about 8.. maybe even younger, and for some reason I got thinking about losing a dear person, even though I really had never even lost anyone at that point.. I'll copy it here for fun.. see if I can remember it all hehe

When you are in slumber deep,
In the angels of your loved ones creep.

In they come, one by one,
Once their duties have been done.

They each place a kiss upon your ear,
So that you alone may hear

All the angels caroling,
While in your heart, flowers of health are flowering.

haha.. that was scarily easy to recall, im surprised.. even at such a young age I was bothered by the irregularity of the last line, but i've never changed it, though of course now I can see ways to do so, because I want to keep it as it was when i first wrote it, just something special about seeing how even then I had some talent, but I can also see how much I've learned!
From there I wrote mostly in English class, and for the local Teens Write for Fun contests which I did well in a couple times.. and now I do it to express my feelings.. when I'm upset it's how I vent, when i'm happy it's how I show my true feelings.. because i've learned that i'm so much better with words that way.. i'm truly very awkward socially!! hehe.. It certainly is lovely to be amongst so many wonderful, talented people, that share the same interests and can properly critique my work, instead of just being awed that I wrote a poem.. heh =3 Thanks everyone for this wonderful community!! <3 ^-^


Krystabel Harris

2nd March 2012


That was so lovely Krystabel. For a child of 8, a real poet in the making.


Davide Castel

3rd March 2012


I was 1st inspired to write-when a friend of mine had a great lost in his life...
I couldn't help but feel sad and a mix of emotions overtake my life for he was like a brother to me.
And now his world was gone
I stood their at hospital as the doctors utter those words that hunt me each minute of my day
And I do everything I can to help him
But I can't do more
I wish I could
I feel helpless an powerless when I see him lifeless no joy in his body no smile that decorates his face.
All I can do is write for him.
And that helped me get inspired to write on my own.
His lost gave me courage to write-write what I felt as I did everything I could for him.
And its hard to still keep doing it everyday I can for years now.
And to still have my own life to struggle with...


Anubis Angriff

3rd March 2012


Any kind of loss like that, can invoke such emotions within us, and It's amazing that you began to express that emotion through your writing, it's true and yet so painful that we must experience heart wrenching events before we can express ourselves sometimes. I think that could be a wonderful testament to your friend Anubis, that you write to help, to encourage, to ease. Thats a wonderful reason for writing. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Wow Krystabel! That's an amazing story about how you began to write! That's very interesting, when I was young I used to be very dramatic, a bit of an actress, and I would sometimes imagine the worst possible things happening to me, and it would bring out such true emotions that I wrote stories about it. It became so real to me, perhaps because I feared it, or perhaps it was the early stages of my 'writer' self beginning to play a part.
Isn't incredible, at the same time, what writing has done for each of us? I myself began with a very silly poem, which I years later called "Midnight Fantasy";



As a white beast neared the stream,
A circle of moonlight revealed its presence,
Like a mystical creature in a dream,
Or a magical wisp of fairy essence.

The animals all woke from their sleep,
For no one should miss such a sight,
And out of their homes they did creep,
To have a glimpse of this pure light.

Its smooth coat was whiter than snow,
Its deep eyes were soft and blue,
Its sturdy horn was brightly aglow,
And its heart was kind and true.

The magnificent being drank peacefully,
And as the animals watched without sound,
The unicorn walked away elegantly,
Not a solitary trace to be found.

---I was still a child then, mystified by the picture of a unicorn, and I found it so strange that these words were coming from me, it was almost as if I heard them from somewhere else. From then on I began composing. I was inspired by pictures mostly, and nature.

I can't really pin point where and when I knew that I wanted to write, I just always wanted to say things beautifully and somehow illustrate with words the beauty I saw before me.


Leoni Carlson

5th March 2012


I understand what you mean Karen, about how you feel about your characters, I once wrote a story about a water mill, and to this day when I see or hear something do with a mill, I can't help but get sentimental. :)


Leoni Carlson

5th March 2012


Krystabel: It's nice to hear about your story! Love the poem. Very talented as such a young age!

I had that same inspiration of a friend losing something so dear as well as Anubis. I could easily put myself in other people's shoes and I could almost feel their emotions and what they would go through. Just because something is sad doesn't necessarily have to be that way. We can turn something sad into something positive and uplifting. Like giving heart-boosting words for those broken hearts.

I'm so glad Leoni that I'm not the only one feeling a special attachment to my characters. Heck I've shed a few tears, I'll admit that. It's almost as if I were with them. Is that even normal or possible? Between, love the poem Leoni. It's lovely:)


Karen Gomez

5th March 2012


@Leoni Carlson- thank you. you can find my friend on here website.
@Karen Martinez- thank you glad you can understand whats like.


Anubis Angriff

7th March 2012


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