The Writer in You.

May 27, 2008

So, turns out I like to write. Funny. Ok, it's not really that funny. I'm an avid journal writer. I always liked creative writing in school - but not research papers. yuck. And I tried writing a few songs and stories of my own when I was about 13. Everyone did this, right? I understand that it is part of puberty.

My stories were awesome. Except I never got very far. Mostly I guess I just came up with some story lines, but didn't have the slightest idea how to develop a story. They were all very similar. The heroines were always beautiful girls who didn't know beautiful they were. And there was always some event that threw the heroine and the would be hero into some situation together. I guess that is the basic setup for just about any romance novel.

3 stories stick out in my mind. One about a girl and boy from the same small town who hate each other (a necessary first step in any romance) but then there is a devastating earth quake and the earth splits and divides - you know, like it does in The Land Before Time - and the girl and boy are trapped alone on some kind of earthquake-created island with no way to escape. I suppose I've seen movies with less plot line, but it would have undoubtedly been very predictable.

Another was about a girl who is sent with her family on a ship full of people to populate the moon, or another planet or something. While en route she meets a boy she hates, yadda yadda, etc., etc., that is about as far as I got.

The one I worked the most on was about a Princess - Red Hair, Green eyes. She is arrogant and rude and is saved from something tragic in the woods by a farm boy. Despite her initial disdain, they start to fall in love - but wait! A twist! There is a race of people that can control the emotions of others, of which a guard at the palace is a member. And he convinces the princess that she loves him! Who saw that coming?!? How will the poor farm boy ever win the princess back? (Now that I think about it, it sounds just like Love Potion #9.) I'm pretty sure there was also a royal wizard involved, and other fantasy-esque type characters, but, again, I didn't get much farther in the story. I was typing it up on our Amiga, but those records are long gone.

Still, good times. Marion was always the real writer though. Sometimes we would read our stories to each other. Her stories were always funny, but I just wrote about romance. Do you remember any of your stories Marion? Anyone else? I know we weren't the only ones who did this. Come on, spill the beans!

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  1. At twelve i spent a good bit of time on a story about a girl, sometimes two girls who managed to find the world among the clouds and live there with the nice people, but that's as far as I got with the plot. Cool descriptions of cloud world though. And I had to write it on paper too, cause I don't think we got the VIC20 until I was in jr high.
    In high school journalism I came to understand that humor writing was NOT my forte, so I'll just have to envy you instead.

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  2. I like that the girls got to live in the clouds with the "nice people". I've been searching my whole life for the nice people. At last I know where to look!

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  4. I don't really remember any stories that I wrote, but I will never forget the freaking novel my sister Lillian wrote in her spiral notebook about the her imaginary friendship with New Kids On The Block. I'm telling you, this baby was her pride and joy. The story went a little like this....
    Girls Loves Teeny Bopper Group of Guys
    Girls Meets Guys
    Guys are Amazing
    Girl Becomes Best Friends With Guys
    Girl and Guys are Friends Forever....and will probably Marry sometime in the future.
    New Kids On The Block could NEVER live up to these kinds of expectations!!! haha

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  5. OH yes, remember all the awesome plays? The great thing is, I still have them all, which I keep secret from my husband, he would think it WAY to nerdy. Not only that but I still write them sometimes. I get them out and read them and laugh and laugh. Maybe someday I will share them with Abby.

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