July 16, 2013

little laura learns the ropes

As I make the transition from aspiring author to published author, I'm reminded of my literary roots. My journey to becoming a writer began long before I wrote the first word of my first book. It began when I fell in love with stories as a young girl.

Learning how to write came later. And it wasn't always easy. In my early days, I wasn't a great speller. I wasn't the most creative. And I often lacked patience.

Thanks to my family's pack-rat tendencies -- and my vanity -- I've managed to keep documentation of my progress as a writer from kindergarten on. Instead of letting those cedar chest gems go to waste, I figured I might as well do what I do best -- post them to my blog.

Through the series Little Laura Learns the Ropes, I will share a writing sample from my K-12 experience. You'll see the cute, the bad and the nonsensical. Heck, you'll even get a look at my first book review! To be fair and accurate, I'll include original spellings, or in many cases misspellings, and illustrations mixed with new commentary.

In the spirit of of #ThrowbackThursday, I'll share each new addition to the series on Thursdays, beginning this week. Look for the "Little Laura" icon.

I hope you enjoy seeing this. At the very least, you'll get to see my fully illustrated stories for the first few years! Who doesn't love picture stories?

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  1. I am already delighted by the concept of this series and can't wait to read more, Laura! And that pic of you with the jump rope is ridiculously cute!

    1. Thanks, Tracie! That picture always cracks me up -- figuring out jump ropes is hard!