I always wonder how people got their start in writing. Where did the passion come from? What did others write when they started?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading or writing. Not to say the writing was good, mind you. I started writing poetry because I loved to read poetry. Probably why I went on to get my Bachelor of Science in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing and an Emphasis in Poetry (Yes, that's the full title because I'm a geek). Here is an example of an early (but not earliest) poem.
I’m assuming my work got better, because I did pretty well in my program. :)
My original career goal was to be a hockey beat writer at a newspaper. Preferably a newspaper in Detroit, so I could write about my beloved Detroit Red Wings. My earliest writing was articles about hockey in general, and the Wings in particular. I watched or listened to every game I could (even the French radio broadcasts of Montreal games). I wrote articles about issues and players that were of interest to me. I kept stats on EVERY game...
Those original articles gave me a great idea! Write articles, summarize scores around the NHL and record it on a cassette! And with that - my Hockey Center Broadcasts were born.
I still get puppy-peeing-on-the-floor-giddy with excitement about the writing. There’s a thrill about creating characters and writing scenes. Why is giving it to someone to read so difficult now, when years ago I was begging for the attention?
Because my uncle was a safe environment. I knew he wasn’t going to tell me how bad they were - and they were bad! >.< But putting myself out there now isn’t a safe environment. It’s going to be rejection and criticism. I've developed a tough skin since my childhood years. Not saying it will be fun, but it will help me learn the craft and get better at doing what I have always loved to do. And that’s the point, right?
Geeking out on hockey is how I got my start. How did you get yours?
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Wendy Bennett, a proud Detroit native, is a NA writer who fell in love with reading, writing and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.
Wendy spends her days chasing after her two, high-energy sons and writing things she wants to read. When she’s not chasing her crazy kids or pecking away at her laptop, she enjoys reading, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts with her husband.
She is currently working on her first novel, a contemporary New Adult romance featuring a hot hockey player hero.
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