My Writing Journey and Throwing Out All the Rules and Advice

Marisa Mohi
6 min readJun 8, 2022

As with all great and epic tales, my writing journey began in the second grade. I assume all heroes are forged on the playground at 8 years old. Please don’t try to change my mind on this.

I mentioned this in this post about books that made me writer, but Ramona Quimby, Age 8 was a really important book to me as a kid, and one that made me want to tell stories. As a first grader, I wrote books all the time, which is to say that I stapled a piece of construction paper around some copy paper, and filled those pages with stories and illustrations. But by second grade, I was ready to really become a writer.

I’m not entirely sure why the adults in my life let the journey of writing begin, but I do suppose it had something to do with there not being many other affordable activities for kids to do. We didn’t have cable, and my free time was mostly spent throwing a tennis ball against a wall or watching reruns of prime time sit coms on UHF channels. So, I guess writing was an acceptable activity.

Between filling notebooks and going to the library, my literary life was pretty full.

And while I spend a lot of time thinking about writing as a kid, my writing journey has seen some shit, gang. Long gone are the days of filling notebooks with teen angst while I lay huddled in a twin bed while listening to Less Than Jake.

I mean. I still write in bed sometimes. But with a laptop and simply because sometimes I need to be in bed.

To really understand the progression of any writer, you need to know when the professional part of their journey began. Or, if not the professional part, the part where shit got real.

The Start of My Professional Writing Journey

Up until college, I think I was more enabled than anything else. When you’re young, people will let you get away with bullshit writing. They encourage you, and it doesn’t really matter if you’re doing good stuff or not. This isn’t a bad thing per se, and that sort of environment is what you need to find your footing before you wade into the wide world of sharing your writing with people who don’t actually know you.

Marisa Mohi

Writer and Tarot Reader. Fueled by black coffee and notebooks with thick paper.