I’ve been writing for most of my life. Not just my adult life; I started writing when I was six years old and found a typewriter in the closet. I wrote a ‘novel’ then, thirty six pages of typed story. It was awful, but I was six, so it’s okay.
I started writing real creative work when I was about ten or eleven, picked up speed when I turned fourteen, and wrote my first novel my Freshman year. I’ve since written about 15 others, one which was a hair’s breath away from being published by Bantam books (they did ask for a rewrite), and several more that might still be published some day.
Of course, that writing isn’t academic writing. But even that I’ve been doing for a long time. (more…)