03 August 2016

ISWG Insecure Post 2

Question of the month: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

The very first piece of writing I ever did was a poem, back in the day.  Wrote it during class when the teacher asked a question.  That was my answer.  As to where it is?  Unknown.  I gave it as a gift to an Elder who worked with the Indian Studies department at the college I attended.

I liked her.  She taught me a lot that I didn't know I was learning at the time.  She always had time if she saw that we were troubled about something, gave gentle correction when needed and encouraged us to stick to the schedule at college.

It was this piece that "sprang forth from my heart" that needed very little correction that caused my absence from the writing world for years after that.  Cause shortly, it was to be my folly to mention it to the aforementioned girl who gave me the unwanted advice that all writing sprang forth needing no correction, no editing, yadda, yadda.  My folly was I took it to heart.

It's always been an inspiration?  Nah, a revelation to me, that someone besides a teacher actually liked my writing.  Just thinking of that now gives me encouragement to keep on.  It only takes one, can mean so many different things.

Well, that's my lesson for the day.  Giigawabamin noongom!  See ya later.

5 comments:

Pat Garcia said...

So true, Mildred. It only take one person to admire our ability to write and it changes our whole perspective.
All the best.
Shalom aleichem,
Patricia

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Dear Mildred (walksfarwarriorwoman--love that!) What a great post. Congratulations on your word count. I've had a few great mentors in my life that I still send a quiet prayer to. They helped me to be a better person and hopefully a decent mentor to others. Thank you for the blessing of reading your post. Happy IWSG Wednesday. I'm #39 on the list.

Stephanie Faris said...

Teachers do make a difference in most young writers' lives. But it means SO much when someone who isn't responsible for giving us feedback tells us they like our work!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sadly, we need lots of editing.
Just keep at it!
I don't think I made it by last month, but I want to welcome you to the IWSG.

Mildred R Holmes said...

Thanks for stopping by. Can't remember how to reply individually on this comment system.