Okay, I've never actually been to a writer's camp. Closest thing I've ever done was staying in a very small hotel room that felt like it should be part of a writing camp, and I didn't actually do any writing there. But! I've been thinking about some of my past writing, and thus realized I've done some pretty damn laughable stuff. And while I don't have most of those old stories anymore, I figured... why not share?
I'm very glad the internet as we know it didn't exist when I was a kid, because the first real story I ever wrote was horrible fanfiction for the X-Men cartoon from the early 90s. Original character that was a blatant self-insert and stupidly overpowered, ridiculous romance storyline, you name it. Thankfully, it's not posted somewhere under an embarrassing nickname that I now have to hope no one finds out was me.
Around that same time, I attempted to novelize a video game. Somehow, I thought the company that made it would grant novelization rights to a thirteen-year-old who decided the story needed to feature a kid who got sucked into the game and dropped into the main character's body. Yeah.
The first fantasy story I ever wrote was also much like a video game. I introduced all the main characters, the main bad guy and all his hench-dragons, had three of the heroes unite, and killed off the first hench-dragon... all within the first twenty-five pages. I never went back to the story after that. I gave it to a friend of mine to read; she compared it to premature ejaculation.
I created a ridiculous future-science-fantasy world with magic and tech run rampant that somehow wasn't far off from the mid-1990s when it was written. The main character started off as a drug runner because I thought that was cool and dangerous, and he basically abandoned the job within the first five pages. My vision of the high-tech magical future included flying motorcycles, but no internet. Clearly, I'm no prophet.
I've started two different books with the main character waking up from vague but ominous dreams, and in both of those, said main character then looked in a mirror so I could describe what she looked like. In one of those books (maybe both, I'm not going to check), I spent two paragraphs describing a door. Not even an important door.
And with almost every book I've written, I've been convinced it was going to be the one to start my career. I've imagined myself speaking at conventions, signing autographs, seeing fans dressed as my characters. Out of all the things I've talked about, this is the only one I still do. It's laughable to think my older stuff would lead to this, but with what I'm working on now, I think I have a shot.
Okay, now that I've shared, I want to hear from the rest of y'all. What did you do in your earlier writing days that now makes you look back and laugh?
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