OSC Answers Questions
What was the very first story about that you scribbled down on a sheet
of paper late one night? Was it something you just crumpled up and tossed a few
days/months/years later, or did you ever do anything with it?
-- Submitted Anonymously
OSC REPLIES: - September 4, 2000
My first story was written when I was a kid -- perhaps ten years old.
My dad subscribed to Writer's Digest, and reading that magazine made it all seem
possible to me. I wrote a story based on a true story my mom told me some time
before, about a really smart kid who got beaten up by some kids from school and
was brain damaged, so that from then on he was retarded. It tapped into my worst
fears -- as a nonphysical kid, I really felt at the mercy of those willing to strike
out physically. Anyway, I wrote it and even submitted it a couple of places, but of
course it was very juvenile. Still, I was finally able to cover some of the same
ground with the Stilson incident in Ender's Game. The story still exists,
somewhere deep in the BYU archives ...