My Origin Story #DIYMFA

Dear writers & readers,

Would you believe I’m back already!? (Color me surprised.)

If the hashtag in the title wasn’t subtle enough, I subscribed to the #DIY MFA Book Club, so I get weekly emails with prompts! Chances of writing a post just shot through the roof.

Weekly prompt:

Prompt 1

Thus, my origin story’s story begins…

Once upon a time, I was a young thing. I devoured stories, from novels to comic books (in French and later in English), and soon created my own, whether alone or with my best friend, with or without toys. I have a very vivid, active, abundant imagination, so creating stories seemed like a normal extension and/or development of said imagination.

My “ah ha” moment came in middle school, either in 8th or 9th grade (French middle schools finish in 9th grade), when we had an assignment in French class: write the rest of this story. A benign enough assignment, but I tremendously enjoyed writing it. I still have the story to this day! It’s not very good, but it’s dear to my heart.

I’ve kept it for the same reason I kept my essays from (American) high school – not to mention my first fanfictions – to remember how much my writing developed, and how much a person can grow. How much I can improve.

If you’ve been on my blog for a while, you probably know fanfiction was truly the realm I chose to begin writing. My love for anime and stories just fused organically, and the rest, as they say, is history. I’ve taken two writing courses, completed four short stories, have about that amount hibernating in limbo, and of course, my novel still patiently awaits!

So that, ladies and gents, is my story. What’s yours?

How did you become a writer? When did you realize you wanted to write? What motivated you to get started?

Read on,
Ali J.

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