On Monday a fellow blogger, Karen Soutar, wrote a post about a book she made as a child after having a rummage at her mum’s house.
I read that post and thought, ‘Hey, it wasn’t just me!’
It also got me thinking that when I was in my teens wondering about what I really wanted to do when I was older, I had, in fact, known all along. I wanted to be an author – I didn’t realise just how much until I hit my early twenties.
A few weeks back I was at my parents house and after a good dig around through some of my stuff that still ‘lives’ there, I found one of the books I made with an old school friend – see picture above.
It not only brought back great memories of junior school but I realised I still remembered making it – coming up with the ideas, writing it and drawing the illustrations.
‘Little and Large Adventures’ was based on me and my friend, Lewis. He was ‘Little’ (he was, erm, little . . . and I was ‘Large’, which is *ahem* self-explanatory.)
In the book, our characters would build a time machine and we planned on making more books, a whole series, with a different adventure each time – Ideas for marketing a range of books, even at this tender age!
I think we were around 9-10 years old – I’m now 29.
I made a few books when I was around 6 or 7, but sadly they went in the bin long ago but I also found another ‘book’ from 2004. Looking back on what I was working on after I had just turned 20 was another eye opener. Rather than writing crime fiction, I was thinking of writing fantasy!
I can still remember making this book, sketching and penning dark, gothic phrases and poems, and I had a working-title of ‘The Darkest Blood’, and the novel was a dark-fantasy Vampire saga, (‘Cos Vampire novels, weren’t even popular then!)
I started writing it in long-hand and it quickly became another abandoned project.
Realistically, although I love fantasy films, I don’t really read fantasy. I was experimenting with what genre suited me best, which I think can be very beneficial to an author.
Find what works for you. Read the best-sellers in your genre. Know your potential readers.
Anyway, it was great to not only reminisce, but it also served as a reminder that I always wanted to write for a living, even if I wasn’t so sure of it at the time.
Authors’ are creative people – look at all the fantastic characters we create, plots we weave and wonderful lands/places/planets we explore through our books, no matter what genre we write in.
I’ll be interested to see how many others made their own books – me and Karen can’t be the only ones 🙂