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Writing: Special Interest Week, Day 3

Updated: Jun 11, 2023

Prompt: A Special Interest That's Changed Or Grown Over Time

Old black typewriter on white background.

When I think back my interest in writing started at a much younger age than I realized. I would make up fake news stories and pretend to report them. In 5th grade I was forced to write poems for a project and hated it, but in 6th grade we had to write a short story. Then again when I was at Oxford Learning Centre one summer. And then again in 8th grade. Each time the story was longer than it was supposed to be and inspired by the books I was reading at the time.

Around 10th grade I tried writing a Marvel SHIELD agent fanfic. I think I still have it somewhere on my computer, or a version of it, but you will have to pry it from my cold, dead hands to read it. By 12th grade I took a Creative Writing class and have been hooked ever since. I even started to like poetry.

After I graduated I reconciled with the fact that I loved classic over contemporary poetry and had actually liked reading Shakespeare in high school. I bought a copy of Five Centuries of English Verse. Oh Me! Oh Life! by Walt Whitman is my favourite poem because of Dead Poet's Society. I have it memorized.

When I first started writing consistently I devoured any and all tips and advice I could find. I knew I didn't want to take any formal classes on it, but I did know that there was a rich online community that would help me learn to hone my craft and become a better writer.

What surprised me the most was how this skill in creative writing overlapped with essay writing. Both helped me improve my skills in the other. Also, I had essay writing down to a science. I could BS a report in an hour and get an A. It was magnificent.

Writing has also manifested as journaling in my life. I make sure to journal long form at least once a day as it's helped me on numerous occasions work through what I'm feeling and thinking.

I am truly grateful for this special interest because I'm not sure where I'd be without this creative outlet.

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