Saturday, 7 February 2015

Start 'em young!

Thanks to Maggie Storer for telling me about this children's writing competition. Children as young as 5 are encouraged to write 500 words. The prizes are stacks of books. Really big stack of books. *sigh* If I'd started writing aged 5 I might have written a massive stack of books by now.

Did you start writing as a child? (I didn't - mid 30s for me) Do you think it matters?

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  1. I don't think it matters. I wrote a little as a teen, but didn't really pick it back up until my forties.
    Music? Not that I have done since I was a child.

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    1. I don't think it makes much difference either, Alex - except perhaps for how much we get done.

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  2. I wrote a little bit as a child but didn't take up writing properly until 2000 x

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    1. A bit of a headstart on me then, Sue - but not much.

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  3. I started writing stories and novels when I was ten years old. And then when I was 13 I began to write poetry. But I began to take my writing seriously seriously in my thirties, after I lost my first baby and almost my life. It was like a rebirth.

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    1. I can see how something like that would cause you to make major changes, Julia. My case was nowhere near as traumatic, but a big change in my life lead, at least indirectly, to me starting to write.

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  4. I always like writing compositions at school, wrote my first poem aged 15 and carried on poetry for decades, but only started on stories when I retired. So you have a 30 year head start on my record!

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    1. Sometimes I read about yongsters getting published and wish I'd started earlier, Lizy, but it seems it's never too late (or too early) to beging writing.

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  5. I loved reading as a child, but didn't start writing until I was a teenager. Then there was a long gap before I started again aged 40.

    I don't think it matters what age you start, Patsy, just that you enjoy it, because if you enjoy it, then it will be there in your writing.

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    1. I agree - enthusiasm is more important than youth or experience, Carol.

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  6. I didn't start writing until my teens (poetry first) but daughter started at 6 or 7 and hasn't stopped, so this is a great idea.

    I've nominated you for a blog award, Patsy, If you wish to accept, it's here: http://ros-readingandwriting.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It is a good idea to encourage writers of any age I think, Rosemary.

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  7. I enjoyed writing as a small kid and was a stop-start writer for years with only minor credits here and there. First published book at 50.

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    1. Taking a break seems quite common amongst those who started young, Robert.

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  8. Hi Patsy, I have an award for you on my blog, please visit and collect it. You have the freedom to either do the tag or just accept the award - choice is yours :)

    Happy Sunday my Friend!! :)

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  9. I was a late starter. I didn't realise I wanted to write until I took an English exam in my 30s and loved writing the essays. I've dabbled ever since, but always come back to it.

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    1. Our 30s seem a great time to start, Maggie!

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  10. No early writing. I don't think it would have helped anyway.

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    1. I think you're right, Oscar. We're probably not going to write well until we actually want to do it.

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  11. I started in 2012... unless you count my diaries!

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    1. You started lateish, Wendy - but you're definitely making up for it now!

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Thanks so much for commenting!