Greetings, Reading Friends and New Subscribers! This is David Telbat. I want to answer a couple questions for you today: When did I first start writing? And Do I remember the first story I ever wrote? These are good questions that cause me to recall my ancient youth . . . 😉
My First Writing Projects
By age 14, it seemed like I’d read hundreds of books (and lost hundreds of hours of sleep!). My parents chose to not have a TV, so we kids were avid readers. In my early years, I mostly read Louis L’Amour, sprinkled in there with The Sugar Creek Gang, The Hardy Boys, and Brock and Bodie Thoene historical fictions.
Not only did I read, but I had a father who often told lengthy stories in the car on the way to church or youth group to keep us rowdy kids quiet. (You can read this older post that tells a little more about that experience.)
By my mid-teens, I figured I had a story in me. As my first writing project, I tackled an adult novel, which I finished when I was 16—a historical fiction (Roman era), which I’ll be re-writing soon for you!
After that, I toyed with a sci-fi novel about an android that assists a team of commandos who prove themselves heroes against all odds.
In my late teens, I ran from searching out my calling, and I dove into sin as a rebellious troublemaker, but in my early twenties, I was back to writing novels again. Some of those early writing experiences were merely developing my style for future endeavors. There were other projects I’ve tucked away that may be worth exploring again one day . . .
I should also note that when I was writing and attempting to market secular material, it was mostly unfruitful and unfulfilling. But now, writing as a Christian and seeking God’s glory, He has produced this work to encourage many. It’s all in God’s hands, and I praise Him for it!
See you on the next page!
Learn more about David’s writing endeavors and experiences on his Writer’s Tablet here.
NOTE from Dee: Speaking of “firsts,” this month is our Blogoversary, so we have a copy of David’s very first blog post, titled: “Last Man in the Hut.” It was posted on our new site Feb 1, 2011, but we had a website meltdown in May 2012 so we lost the earlier posts. Though we can no longer link to his first post, I have a copy of it for you below. We praise the Lord for His leading in this rewarding endeavor. Thanks for reading, friends!
David’s First Post Dated 2/1/11:
Action-adventure begins – Last Man in the Hut
Telbat is finally on board the blog train!
Hi Friends, David here,
One could say I’ve been compiling material for this very site since I was 14 years old, when I started my first Christian novel. (Though I really started much earlier; see my proof photo here!) While that first novel has since been scrapped, the spirit of that young teen who wrote action-adventures is still very much alive in me.
As I flood this site with free, original Christian fiction long and short, I am reminded of a ritual the natives on the Andaman Islands celebrate once a year. The village males crowd into a grass hut and set it on fire. The last man to run out of the hut is celebrated for a year as the most courageous man in the village.
I’m certainly not the most courageous man, but I feel like the last man in the hut; the last writer in the village to go live with a site.
In the months to come, I hope to entertain, but I also hope to inspire you to respond to whatever God has purposed for you. Hopefully, the village doesn’t have to light your hut on fire to urge you to act as it did for me!
Check this site often. We’ll be implementing new things daily, including an About Us page, and our Vision for Telbat’s Tablet. Dee will be updating with posts of free, original Christian suspense stories and novels for the whole family to read. We hope you will be a part of our adventure!
See you soon!