Beyond the References
- Posted: Sat, 02 Feb 2013 01:55:29 +0000
- I just remembered, in more detail, about a story that I wrote when I was possibly 12 to 13 years old. I had been aiming to become an author, so I had hoarded close to sixteen of these eighty page exercise writing journals and just wrote in them from the front cover to the back and over. I remember the plot line of it well, which had been kind of different for a kid my age, and there were certain parts of the novel that really stand out in my mind now: riding a dead / phantom train; something about Chinese dragons and a sky war; people being shrunken to roughly three or five inches tall; giant spider women called Black Widows; fights in libraries, fights in abandoned houses; being captured and escaping just barely with the use of teleportation...this thing was just all over the place with some far-out wacky scenes with tons of action, and I loved it. rofl
Though when I hit grade nine and I had seared through it with the ever-feared red pen, I had thought there was so much blunders. (Really, when I think back on it, it may have been imperfect, but, still, now that I'm older I think I could have dealt with it). But because I was ashamed of it for whatever reason, I had thrown the entire thing out.
All 16 of those 80 page exercise booklets that I had spent most of grade 7 and 8 on, in the recycling, and possibly recycled into someone's pop can.
Now I kind of wish that I hadn't thrown it out. I wish that I could read through it, and smile with nostalgia, because with blunders or not it had been my writing and it was a part of who I am as a writer.
But, enough of that now. The question is, Writers, if you have ever made any kind of story that you remember the most? It can be a story or a poem or whatever you've written. Could have been a week ago, or it could be three years ago. However far your memory reaches back. What was the story about, if you can remember? Did you ever have some weird scenes in it that you had thought were gold at that time? Did you love the characters? The plot line? Had you believed that this would be your ticket to fame?