Precise beginnings are always hard to find. I could say I started taking my writing seriously when I was twelve years old and had my first poem published in The Morning Star. That was certainly a starting-point: I remember my sheer excitement at the seriousness of the printed word. It looked so proper! But, I can't really say that I took my writing very seriously then. Even now, I'm struggling with, 'But who wants to hear about why you write anyway? How many "epics" have you written?'
Kay, Jackie, Let It Be Told, Kunapipi, 16(1), 1994.