I first started writing…

I first started writing about life when I was quite young. My family friend still raves about my early writing skills on my first book about his daughters first birthday. I used to write and illustrate short stories.

I also won an award in primary school for writing a multicultural story but I always thought at the time that they gave it to me on a sympathy vote.

I had a poem that I wrote about swimming on the beach published in the annual year book in high school.

I also travelled with my parents a lot as a child and kept detailed diaries. I always wanted to be a travel writer, so even though these diaries are out of date, they could be used as some kind of travel retrospective.

At university I studied Journalism as my major and was promptly disillusioned by my lecturers proclaiming I will never be able to write want I want and the pay is terrible- one way to weed out those without real drive and passion for news I guess! I decided I was more of a fiction writer and rebelled in such electives as fictocritical and creative writing. I also found I was distinction worthy in editing and publishing- so maybe I gave up on journalism too easily, but that’s the way it went. I did get published in a Sydney Olympics newsletter while I was there- an interview with a young Perth gymnast that I did over the phone.

A few years out of university I redirected one of my university pieces on my grand tour travel around Europe and wrote a new travel piece on my hometown to apply to write at the Lonely Planet- my dream job- getting paid to travel and write about it and hence everyone else’s dream job too! I did not make the cut and unfortunately did not get much feedback either. I did get published in the Thorn Tree Forum on their website- by blogging the “Top 5 Wildlife to Spot in California.”

In my places of employment I have endeavored to keep the writing going by writing the entire or pieces of the internal newsletters, but even this writing has gone by the wayside of late as I have now been working in events for over seven years so work is all about logistics, checklists and contact sheets.

4 thoughts on “I first started writing…”

  1. So happy you’re sharing your ramblings on life and travel, very enjoyable. Can’t say I miss your unique handwriting style..

  2. From what I’ve seen, it would be cool all web owners and bloggers would write great writing as you currently do, the
    web would be much more useful than previously.

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