Category Archives: My Origin Story

My Origin Story Part 9: My Irish Novel

Previously on My Origin Story: I power-wrote my third novel twice in under three months and vowed I wouldn’t try that again for a long time. Not so fast. A few months later, November of my senior year in high … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 8: The Obligatory Post-Apocalyptic Novel

Previously on My Origin Story: I wrote a second novel and got bored with it. In the early 80s, I had my first nuclear war dream. I dreamed the Russians nuked the moon.

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My Origin Story Part 7: Another Novel, More Lessons Learned (Sort of)

Previously on My Origin Story: I worked on a style of writing and won an award. During the summer between 9th and 10th grade, I started my second novel. In Anya Seton’s Green Darkness, a novel about reincarnation, there was … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 6: McCracken’s Barn

Previously, on My Origin Story: I wrote, or rather overwrote, my first novel. Through 7th and 8th grade, I played around with what I called realist writing. I wanted to, in the words of Hemingway, “Write hard and clear about … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 5: First Novel

Previously on My Origin Story: I had written dozens of fits and starts and part of an installment of a mystery series. There were a few other longer pieces. One was a mystery set in a 6th grade classroom that … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 4: The Three Investigators and the Case of the Mary Sue

Previously on My Origin Story: I started a lot of stories in grade school and gradually wrote longer and longer stories. The Three Investigators were teenage boys who ran around solving mysteries. Their HQ was a dilapidated trailer in a … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 3: Fits and Starts

Previously on My Origin Story: I read a lot and ultimately was unsatisfied. Time to write again. In the beginning of 4th grade, my mother and sisters and I moved from rural Minnesota to the big, dry city of Denver. … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 2: Reading Charlotte’s Web

Previously on my origin story, I got frustrated with a picture book in first grade and wrote my own. The next phase of my writerly development concerned reading Charlotte’s Web–eight times. I read a lot in the 2nd and 3rd … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 1: White Wing the Dove

All superheroes have their origin story and since writing can be a heroic act, I thought I’d write mine down.  Of course, The Amazing Adventures of… The Novelist! would be about the most boring comic book ever.

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