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My writing story

Permanent Linkby Anonymous on Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:09 pm

My ambitions to be a writer probably started when I was in my teens. You may remember we wrote 'compositions' at school consisting of a beginning, a middle and a end. Not much different today.

In 1964 I was a student at Sandgate High School, a beachside suburb north of Brisbane in Queensland Australia. Our English teacher was Mr Imoff. I remember we wrote a story about a topic he gave us. I was never understood learning English. I understood the meaning of a 'noun' and 'verb' but all of the other learnings were almost non-existant. I wanted to write my way.

After he gave us a topic I wrote what I thought I should write, in my own words, about the topic. After we handed the piece of writing to him, he came to me and said, 'you have a gift for writing. You write the way you speak which is unique.'

I didn't know if he was praising my writing or telling me I needed have to learn English. Anyway, this was my initial introduction to becoming a writer. Looking back at the time I wish he would've explained more his reason for sharing this 'gift' with me.

Jump ahead twenty years. I joined the Queensland Police Service (Force as it was known then) and introduced to report writing. This was a leap into the unknown. Over the years I gained confidence in my writing by practicing various styles of report writing and reading as many as possible reports furnished by more experienced officers.

Tomorrow I'll share with you how I came to write my first book.

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