Monday, August 21, 2017

What I Wrote When I was Young

What I wrote when I was young…what I have to say will either be an encouragement or a disappointment, depending on how you look at it. 

I’m not one of those writers who dreamed of authoring books when I was young.  It never crossed my mind.  I didn’t journal then and I still don’t. And my diary entries are as sparsely populated as the Sahara desert.  You can see a pic of my actual powder pink diary in this blog post:  How I Became a TeachingAuthor

However I did win a peppermint stick for my groundbreaking (Ha) poem in the third grade that went like this:

I have a dog named Rusty.

Sometimes he gets Dusty.

That’s why I call him Rusty. 

Sort of disappointing, isn’t it?

But, in a way I hope my lack of writing when I was young is an encouragement to aspiring writers out there dreaming of seeing their name on the cover of book one day.  I don’t have any formal training as a writer.  And you don’t have to have a master’s degree in creative writing to author books. 

You just have to be willing to work hard (for little pay), work on the craft of writing, and be persistent. 

If I can do it, so can you.

Carla Killough McClafferty


Carmela Martino said...

Love your honesty, Carla. I'm guessing this will indeed be encouraging for some of our readers.

Carla Killough McClafferty said...

Thanks, Marti. I appreciate that.