Writing about Firsts…

On July 9th at my Saturday workshop one of our writing exercises was the topic of firsts.  The first of anything is usually a memorable experience and very often marks a change in our lives. 

Sam was the first dog that I can remember having and one that I will always.  It is interesting to note that Sam was not really my first real dog according to my dad.  A few years ago I was at a speaking conference for my book Fig on a Stick and when I was up in Seattle I was able to meet up with my dad and step-mom Lee for dinner.  I was showing my dad pictures of my miniature dachshund Courtney and that is when I heard the story of my “first” dog.  I forget now what he said the name of this dog was, either spooky or midnight, but it was a miniature dachshund that looked just like Courtney!  I had no idea until I heard this story!

Here are a few firsts that may trigger some memories for you to start writing about:

  • kiss
  • love
  • heart ache
  • ride a bike
  • broken bone
  • child born
  • pet
  • car
  • date

Try to write a paragraph for each of these firsts and see what it helps you remember.  If you have some pictures to help refresh your memory try to find them!

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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