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AOM Flashback: Megan Crewe

Posted on: September 26, 2009

An Introduction to the Teenaged Megan Crewe

Over the last few months I’ve been posting “flashbacks” on my blog–entries from my journals, written when I was between twelve and seventeen years old.  Those probably give you a far better idea of who the teenaged Megan was than I can now.    But, using them, let me introduce you to the most important parts of teen-me:

1. I was serious about writing, even then.  I finished my first full-length novel when I was 14, and wrote at least one novel a year each year of high school.  They were really *bad* novels, for the most part, and I knew that.  Most of them I didn’t touch again after the first draft.  There was only one I made any attempt to get published, and that was only because my English teacher passed on the address of a literary agent he knew to me (who kindly rejected my query).  But that was okay–those novels were great practice!  They helped me become confident that I could finish a novel, so that I could focus on things like how to write even better novels, and what the best way for me to write a novel was.pubchart

While I wasn’t trying to get my novels published, I was actively sending out the short stories I wrote to various magazines.  The first story I sold was to a Canadian magazine for writers aged 12-21, called In 2 Print, when I was 16.  I kept very careful records of my submissions and still have my “Publishing Chart” file.  As you can see if you squint, most of those ended with “Not published.”  I have a nice stack of rejection letters to attest to my perseverance. 🙂  (attached image – pubchart.jpg)

 

2. I wasn’t boy-crazy ), but there was always a boy.  I didn’t have an actual boyfriend until I was almost 17, but starting in sixth grade , I always had my eye  on a guy I found intriguing, even if he wasn’t necessarily worthy of particular regard . I spent a lot of time that probably could have gone to more interesting pursuits trying to interpret boy behavior.  I finally learned that there’s not really much point in doing so since the boys themselves don’t know what they really want or why they do what they do half the time.

3. I was a pretty thoughtful teen.  When I wasn’t trying to figure out boys, I was trying to figure out myself, which wasn’t always any easier, or to figure out society in general , which often didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.  I could very easily spend a couple hours just hanging out in my room thinking about stuff.  I still do sometimes, though usually it’s because I’m trying to brainstorm a new story!

A few other interesting facts about the teen-me:

-My dad was really into computers, so I grew up using them and had my own before most of the kids I knew did.  We were also the first family I knew to have the internet at home.  Before the internet took off, I used a dial-up modem to connect to local BBSs — kind of like directly calling a single message board where you could e-mail other members, play text-based games, and chat.

-Although writing has always been my main creative interest, I dabbled in other arts during my teen years.  I filled several sketch books with drawings in junior high as well as being part of the choir, joined the drama club in ninth grade, and took guitar lessons when I was 16.

-My parents liked to travel so while I’m Canadian I’ve been around the U.S. a bit.  Family vacations took me to West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, and Arizona.

If you’d like to get to know the teenaged Megan even better, keep an eye on my blog for further flashbacks (I’ll be posting one each week)!

Great post, right? I’m sure we can all relate to some of the things she said! Remember that a comment on this post = an extra entry in the AOM contest if you enter!

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7 Responses to "AOM Flashback: Megan Crewe"

I loved reading these! That’s so great she starting writing when she was so young and still persevered despite the rejections – it was meant to be! 🙂 I really relate with number 3 in particular – I’m the same! These were really interesting, I’m going to read some of the flashbacks on her blog too.

Cool to be the first kid with computer/internet. I was probably the last 😉

sara

My dad was into computers too! I grew up with the computer 🙂 t’s so funny remembering those 5¼-inch floppy discs! 😛

These are really great! I’m definitely going to suggest Give Up the Ghost for my library.

She seems great. I definitely was a bit like her, only I read more than wrote. Although I did stumble across some of my “book ideas” from back in those days and had to shake my head. I was creative.. but knowing what i know now.. 🙂

Anyways, very cool about her dad being into computers so that she had more experience than most.

I wish I could be as productive as Megan when she was a teen when it comes to writing… I’ve never finished any novels I’ve started, and barely any short stories, but I have loads of unused ideas.

Wow, you were serious about getting published. I love to write, but I’ve just now finished a short story that I’m going to submit.

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