For the Love of Words

Web I Weave By Web I Weave, 26th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3ardpb1r/
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A brief history about how I became a writer. Starting with poetry and creative writing to short stories to educational articles.

The beginning - My first poem

I wrote my first poem when I was in junior high school – around 1990 or 1991. One of the teachers had all of the students write a poem to be submitted in some sort of writing competition. Only five poems from our school were picked for publication – my poem was one of the five – and two poems that I helped friends write were picked. I was hooked! Through poetry, I learned to express emotions that I was unable to verbalize. Through my words I was able to share pain and sadness, joy and laughter, and the crazy thoughts in my head.

Short stories and creative writing

Writing poetry opened up a whole new world for me. In my senior year of high school, I had a teacher read some of the poetry I had written up to that point, and she suggested that I branch out and write short stories and articles on stuff that interested me. I started writing random stuff in a notebook and I would pass it to my best friend to read. Pretty soon some of our friends took notice of the notebook and wanted to read the stuff I was writing – so the notebook started getting passed around to even more people and I was getting a lot of positive feedback. By the end of the school year, I had a large 3-ring binder full of poems and short stories.

Stop writing?

Unfortunately, not everyone enjoyed what I was writing. I was told by a family member that my poetry was too depressing and that I had to stop writing. My poetry was depressing because that was how I was coping with my depression. Writing poetry allowed me to get the negative feelings out of my head. But I complied with the family member's wishes and stopped writing. I burned the pages from the 3-ring binder – every poem and short story that I had written during high school – in an effort to please the family member. (I regret burning those pages now!)

A different kind of short story ...

After a short period of time, my mind was going to mush from lack of use and I was overcome with the need to write. Since I was not allowed to write poetry or depressing stories, I took my writings in another direction – one I knew that the family member would not like – short stories for adults. At first I wrote some little teasers to some of the guys I was friends with but their reactions encouraged me to write more. I wrote the first story in 1998 and had written over 20 short stories for adults by the end of 2000. I kind of lost interest in writing the adult stuff and went back to writing poetry and other articles. I wrote one more story in 2003 at the request of a friend. I created an eBook (pdf file) of the stories but I have not put it up for sale anywhere but my personal web site.

My published poetry ...

I had a large number of poems and creative writing that I published on my web site but the hosting company had a server crash in January 2014 and lost every thing I had published. I was able to find a backup copy of my web site from several years ago, which contained less than half of what I had published, but I was able to restore some of the old poetry. Those poems can be found at: http://poetry.webiweave.com

My writing continues

Over the years I have discovered that when I get too busy with life to find time to write, my depression gets worse and my brain feels like it is not being used – even though I am using it for schooling stuff. I often find myself composing poetry or thinking of a great article to write while driving or doing housework. It never fails that inspiration hits when I am super busy and unable to write anything down. I have numerous partial poems in my head that I hope to be able to share one day. For now, I will continue to write and publish articles on mental mindsets and mental illnesses, stories of survivors, poetry, creative writing, stories of paranormal events, and share my favorite recipes.

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Creative Writing, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Poetry, Short Stories

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author avatar Web I Weave
I am a poet and author. I tend to write a lot of poetry and articles dealing with emotional issues. Every once in a while I will throw in a goof-off article just to lighten the mood.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Well, I found your page but can't see the article. It's been happening to me on and off for months. But I can't wait to see this one, and am putting the final touches on your introduction!!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Aug 2014 (#)

OK. Now I see it. Now a bad start! I like the way you illustrated your haikus and used them as your images.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Now should be "Not" -- darn it!!

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author avatar Web I Weave
26th Aug 2014 (#)

lol! Thank you Phyl. I am working on more articles to add and I look forward to seeing your/my introduction!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Welcome to Wikinut, we look forward to seeing what else you write, I understand you know about chickens and cats, great!

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author avatar Web I Weave
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark! I look forward to sharing stories about my cats!

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author avatar Retired
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Nice to make your acquaintance on Wikinut, Amanda. I look forward to reading your articles.

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author avatar Web I Weave
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Mike!

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author avatar Retired
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Whoops, just realised I got your name wrong. Sorry about that, Manda.

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author avatar snerfu
27th Aug 2014 (#)

Hello Web I Weave, great to see you at Wikinut. Hope you have a pleasant stay.

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author avatar Web I Weave
27th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you!

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
27th Aug 2014 (#)

I wrote my first article at age 10 and poetry when I was around 13-14. Stopped writing around age 20 and came back to it just as I turned 30 and have been writing since and now exploring the other creative aspects of writing to expand my abilities to grow.
Must say that writing kept me from growing depressed with life adversities took over in 2010.

From the looks of it you seem to be the same or similar age as ME.
Take care, never too late to start exploration in word weaving which I love to call Lyrical Art. I am in my world I love and create my future with. Take Care....

Sorry to hear you are in depression.... Don't Do a Sylvia Plath.

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author avatar Web I Weave
27th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you. I have learned to manage my depression through writing. I look forward to reading some of the poetry that other people have posted.

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Aug 2014 (#)

Wow! This a short autobiography of your Writing career, and I am looking forward to reading your articles.

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