Ever heard the question: When did you first started as a writer? Some would say since a long time ago or even when I was a child. I felt more in the industry since 2020. But actually, I have written before. In this blog post, I will tell a tale of my previous attempt at manuscript, their ideas, what stopped me writing them and where they are today.
At Seven Years Old…
That’s right, my first attempt was when I was just a kid! No sorry, some would hear that word and think ‘kid goat’… cough* When I was just a child. So what was the story about? Well I blame the love and enjoyment of Beatrix Potter having animals in human clothes, walking and talking. Cause as seven year old, I wrote a story about shapeshifters. Or at least the girl was trapped in her dog form and needed to be free. I cannot recall the title, or how the story fully goes. I know the villain was a mad scientist to experiment shapeshifting gone wrong, with mad crazy hair drawings throughout the book. After a telephone conversation with my Grandmother, she said it was sweetest fourteen-page hand-drawn book I created. She, my parents and my another grandmother received their limited edition copies by yours truly! What went wrong, undiagnosed dyslexic spelling mistakes, and stupidly not going beyond three copies only… I am just kidding, I was only seven years old! I was not thinking big career moves then. I think I was at that age considering to be a Princess without the marry the Prince way, that was hardcore career planning.
If you were writing at seven years old, you are probably not gonna stop there. I had this class project known as Graphic Design. So I was giving a project brief to create a merchandise selection of one product to boost its sales. That will be either a movie poster as the main product, or a book cover. Take a wild guess at what I picked? Book Cover!!! That could not stop from there, if I was go to make bookmarks, Hardcover sleeves for the book, book posters for window shops… I clearly need a story to have. Now I think back, my teachers thought I went overboard to write an actual story, with interior layout as my excuse for the project (yeah, that did not convinced them). Yet I was still shapeshifter crazy, and went all the way to write up to 47-page book with size of 8.5″ x 5.5″. Okay so it was a sketchbook I used, and sellotape my trim size prints out into the pages… not the prettiest interior inside of a book I have seen published. I went to a bird sanctuary to capture a good shot of a hawk as my Main Character, Grey, was a boy who is a Halfling that can shapeshift into a hawk. With a troublesome older brother, Clive, and the poor MC teen highschool crush who doesn’t know of their kind. I remember writing how he first hit mature age to shift, and used a lake to fly over for the first time, by the power of the Blue Moon. Am I gonna leave that there for you? No! I am too generous to show off a Snippet of Taking First Flight! In this scene, the brothers have to face an unbearable problem. Being discovered by Grey’s half toddler sister, Zoe, that he is hiding Clive in the house. I found this scene very amusing and fun to write. Also you are welcome I went over the proof-reading and edited. Man, that’s a lot of grammar mistakes when I was a younger.
Snippet from Taking First Flight: Clive shifted into bird form after his shower, Grey heard his brother’s voice through his head ‘Run the taps for me?’ he watched the hawk hopping into the sink. ‘Why?’ Grey asked. ‘Gotta freshen up the feather birds as well as the human body, you know,’ his brother’s voice ran out into his head. Grey did as instructed. He was this struggling with the how arrangement of how this shifter life routine was. Clive shook his feathers once satisfied from his bird bath. With all day Clive lecturing Grey on how to know the ways of being a shifter, Grey thinks it’s payback time. Clive nibbled on some of his winged feathers to self-groom. With Clive now distracted, Grey whipped out a bath towel and wrapped the bird in it. ‘Oi!’ He heard his brother cry through his mind. Grey laughed, ‘Now be a good little pet! And don’t bite the human!’ Clive kept protesting as Grey carried him at out the bathroom, through the hallway towards his bedroom. Grey slowed his pace down when he spotted a shadow at the top of the stairs. Little Zoe had her hands on the top stairs, as she crouched in hiding. The three year old then blinked, spotting Clive in Grey’s arms, ‘Birdie?’ she whispered. Grey heard his brother both screeched as a hawk, and in his mind, ‘If that brat, tattle on us, we are toast!’ Grey rolled his eyes, so much for keeping long-lost brother a secret from his Step-Mum and their Dad. Zoe took in a deep breath, readying her big scream of delight, ‘BIRDIE!’ Clive’s hawk screech rang out in the hallway as the toddler charged towards the brothers. Clive shot out of Grey loosen hands, as Grey tried to dive towards Zoe to hold her off. Clive flew into Grey’s room, darting around to keep out of the sticky fingers of Zoe. Zoe loved this game, she squealed and giggled as she took chase after the hawk. Standing lamp, books and Grey’s collectable figurines went flying as Clive wings knocked them all over. Grey try to jump to grab the fast toddler, landing on the floor with a crash. ‘Turn back! Turn into a human!’ Grey yelled. ‘Oh, and how do you explain that to Dear Old Dad? He doesn’t know I am bloody here!’ Clive yelled back in his head, Grey covered his ears, his brother’s voice rang loud. Telepathy sucked, Grey thought. Unpublished © 2021
Currently that one limited edition of the printed copy of Taking First Flight is sitting on my bookshelf. It is a little amusing to pull out from time-to-time to read scenes like this one I have shared.
I have learned much more in writing in the previous year, and having this post as a reflection of my work will be another milestone in my development as a writer.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post of past experiences in writing. I am not sure if I would ever consider writing these, or tidying them up to be considerable and presentable to publish. Hit the like button if you enjoyed this post, and comment below: Any unpublished work have you done? Share with us and other followers!