I actually got started writing by mistake. My son was visiting, and doing the 'guy with remote' thing and stopped clicking at Highlander. He said it was a cool show, with people who couldn't die unless you cut off their heads, and then you got all their power. Being a savvy mom, I watched the show after he left so I could discuss it with him. Of course, one look at Adrian Paul and I didn't care why I was watching.
I was intrigued with the 'rules' of Immortality on the show, and found internet discussion groups, and then fanfiction writing sites, and even hooked up with an author whose writing I enjoyed. (Later I learned it was her "voice" that attracted me, but at the time I was clueless). I read her stories, offered suggestions (and learned I was now a 'beta reader') and eventually tried writing one myself. She gently pointed out my weaknesses (what the heck is POV?) and I rose to the challenge of learning something new.
Months later, I was talking with my son and mentioned a scene from a Highlander episode. He said, 'Oh, I've never actually watched it. I just thought it was a cool concept."
I leave those old stories on the web, although I don't tell anyone about them, because I think it's important to see growth, and I definitely see how far I've come when I look at them. However, if anyone really, really wants the URL, contactl me, and I'll email it to you.
Causes Terry Odell Supports
Pro Literacy Worldwide, The Nature Conservancy, The Adult Literacy League, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society