Hello! Welcome to another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post 🙂 It seems these are all I post, lately… Sorry about that. I will try to get more active in posting to this blog.
This week’s IWSG question is: “What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?”
My first piece of writing was an erotic short story I called “guilty pleasures.” It was pretty awful. I kept thinking about it, though, and I couldn’t stop writing it. The weird thing was that even though it was a very smutty piece of writing, I didn’t really feel very aroused about it. (Sorry if that is TMI.) It just came to me as a powerful little story and so I wrote it down. I’d never written any fiction, at least not seriously, before. But this story I did feel kind of serious about, and I published it myself on Amazon, because I could. 🙂
I never told anyone about it, although I had to tell my husband. I had to explain what I was doing on the computer so much! LOL! When I sold my first copy, I was sure he had bought it. I confronted him, and he reminded me that he didn’t even know my pen name. That feeling of knowing that a complete stranger was reading the crazy (and embarrassing) words I’d written was probably the weirdest emotion I’d ever experienced.
I went on to write two follow-up novellas, and one of them was essentially a m/m romance. That one (honest desires) sold quite a bit, and that success led me to focus more on m/m stuff. But my heart still beats strongest for menage stories. ❤
I unpublished Guilty Pleasures a while later. (Though I did leave it out there for much too long. If you bought the first version: I’m so, so sorry.) Last year I revised it and re-published it under my “new” erotica name, AC Bishop. So if you want to read it, you can now find it here. No one ever buys it anymore. It is a very dirty fairy-tale type story, m/m/f menage, a little on the kinky side. I probably should be way more embarrassed than I am about it!
Anyway, what about you? What was the first thing you ever “seriously” wrote? What happened to it? I’d love to hear! 🙂