Monday, April 27, 2015

My Writing Journey - First Came Reading - Part 1

Unlike some authors, I didn't come from my mother with pen and paper in hand, spouting stories. Writing slipped into my everyday life almost unnoticed and hid if I caught a glimpse of her in my mirror.

When I was in elementary school, writing was the furthest thing from my mind. The learning curve for reading was like climbing Mt. Everest. Thankfully, three awesome teachers provided the tools I needed to master this skill.

My parents, who were strong believers, started taking me to midweek service. The Word of God and much prayer on their part got me through this difficult period in my education.

One day, everything clicked. Letters and words made sense, and I was off and running.

Writers:  When did you first develop an interest in writing? Did you face any unusual challenges?

Readers:  How did your love of reading begin? Please share.

Photo Credit:  cieleke


Linda O'Connell said...

Hi Susan, thanks for the shout out. Reading and writing came easy for me. Numbers made me cry. I loved when my teacher had a fifteen minute contest on homonyms. I always won. Also at baby showers when they played the game where you makes as many words as possible out of the baby's name, I always went home with a prize :)

Jean Fischer said...

My mom gets all the credit. She got in trouble with my kindergarten teacher because I was so familiar with the public library and kid's books that I was bored in class. I wrote my first book "Potato Legs" when I was six :-)

Karen Lange said...

I have enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember, yet I didn't think of myself as a "writer". I wrote a few stories but mostly penned letters to family and friends. Funny how we get from here to there on our journey. :)

quietspirit said...

When I was in grade school, I messed around with my dad's typewriter. I called what I tried to do,"The Death of Doctor Brown." I didn't get much encouragement at that time. AS a young adult, I wrote devotions when I had to give them at missionary group meetings. I also wrote summaries of those meetings for submission to the newspaper. I went through a time of depression and started thinking a lot about my circumstances. I wrote those thoughts in a steno-notebook to gain perspective on what had happened and how I flet about things.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes what we need to overcome becomes what we do best at, which your story conveys! Glad you had those two teachers to help you overcome! I have always wanted to write, and began writing stories in elementary school. Sometimes I also wrote plays that my BFF and I would act out in my bedroom. My love of reading I believe is what developed my passion to write!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Linda -

Math was never my strong point either. I always say, "Give me words."

God bless,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

I didn't get into the library thing until much later due to reading challenges. I guess there wasn't much doubt about where your career was headed. :)


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

It seems so obvious now, but at the time it never crossed my mind that I'd actually be writing novels.

God bless,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Quiet Spirit -

You've had an interesting journey. Life experience gives us much to share.

I remember my first typewriter - a Remington Manual. This girl is thankful for computers - huh, never thought I'd hear myself say that!

God bless,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Lynn -

Like you, I was big on imaginative play. Even back then, I guess the writer equipment was kicking in.

God bless,
Susan :)