Pivotal Points in Writing – What are Yours?

October 8 by

Pivotal Points in Writing – What are Yours?

So, as is always the case, as I was looking for one thing, I found another.  This time, it was a short story I wrote as a senior in high school.  It was a story that was very close to me because I was about to graduate from high school, and I was terrified of the next steps.  I knew most everyone in my class was, but I also knew many were too scared to say it.

It’s also the story I look back to as the first one with any real maturity to it.  It dealt with emotions that were real, a setting that was real, and a real impending event.  It helped me sort through those emotions, and come out on the other side knowing I wasn’t alone.  That I was in good company – the company of all my classmates.  For me, that’s one of the earmarks of good writing.  It moves you from one place to another – especially in personal growth blogging.

It also was the first piece of writing I shared with someone I considered to be a professional where writing was concerned:  My English teacher.  She could give me an unbiased view of the story and the writing.  To my surprise, she loved it.  She saw it for what it was; a truth for most of her students.  I remember her telling me she wished it could be read to the whole student body!  She gave me good comments about it, places to shore it up, editing notes.

She also suggested I enter it into a writing contest, so I did.  It didn’t win anything, and at the time I was very disappointed.  It was my first experience with rejection in the writing world.  For my fragile confidence, it was a little devastating, though I never told anyone.  But, I kept writing.  I’ve written short stories, book manuscripts, plays, various blogs – I’ve even written policies, procedures, and work manuals.

It was a very sweet moment, to find this story.  I actually found the hand written version, and the typed version (on a manual typewriter, by the way).  The typed one has all the editing notes on it from my English teacher. It reminded me how long I’ve loved writing (‘cause it’s been a loooong time since I was a senior in high school).  And at a time when I’ve been struggling to get my butt in the seat in order to write, it was like finding gold.  It helped me remember the transitions my writing has gone through, the stops and starts, and the moments that carry the weight of being pivotal.

Do you remember the first bit of writing you did that was a turning point?

Cathy Lynn

About Cathy Lynn

Cathy Lynn is an artist, writer, executive trainer, and the co-owner of Inkwell Basics. She has published two coloring books, Conscious Coloring and Carnal Coloring. She's currently working on a novel, and turning her farm into an event venue. She previously blogged at 3 Shared Paths, a personal growth blog that was read worldwide, and has been blogging for over 10 years. She lives somewhere between the city and the country with her three cats, Sebastian, Miss Kitty, and Ella.

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