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It’s been about five months since I’ve started this blog, this writing- and book-focused blog, and I realize that I haven’t talked about how I started writing. If you’ve already read the title, you already know what this blog post is going to be about. Also, if you’re an old Nick.com fan, then there’s going to be some nostalgia in store for you, because that website was the catalyst for my serious and dedicated writing journey.
I started writing all the way back when I was in elementary school. At the time, I was a little kid who really didn’t know what to become when I grew up. My dream jobs always switched between being a writer, being a famous singer, and being a chef. Why the last two? Well, I loved to sing and thought I was good and it, and I also I just really loved food. I still do, especially sweets.
Anyway, I wrote my first story about planning a birthday party for my mom when I was in first grade. Though I don’t have it anymore, I remember it being half a page long and having the title Birthday Surprise. I wrote my second story, Dark Star, in second grade. It was about eight pages long and based on a movie I really loved at the time called “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” Unlike my first story, I still have the Word Document for this saved somewhere on my laptop, and I have no intention of reading it ever again.
And that’s basically it for my elementary school writing career.
And then it picked up again in middle school, more specifically the sixth grade.
When I was in sixth grade, I got into watching shows on Nickelodeon. Some of my favorites included Victorious, iCarly, and Dragon Ball Z Kai . . . especially Dragon Ball Z Kai. As a Nickelodeon fan, I went on the Nick.com website pretty frequently. Eventually, after playing numerous games, I came across the Message Boards. And boy was it the place to be.
I spent hours every week browsing those message boards, especially the songs and writing categories. I had my own account, which meant I could post comments on people’s stuff and even make my own stuff, which I definitely did!
At first, I didn’t attempt to do anything on the writing message board and stuck to the songs message board because at the time, I was pretty passionate about music. I took weekly singing and piano lessons, and I loved them a lot. Those lessons translated to my initial participation on the songs board, where I wrote song lyrics. Basically, people would give me song titles, and I would interpret those titles and write song lyrics for them. I was pretty popular on that board, and I remember having a lot of fun writing song lyrics for people. It felt good when someone loved the lyrics I wrote for them, and it felt a lot better when people would ask if they could use my lyrics and put them to music, giving me credit. It was an amazing time.
After spending some time on the songs board, I started exploring the writing board, where I discovered the wonderful world of fanfiction.
And that was where my writing journey began.
I started on the fanfiction subcategory of the writing board, and I primarily read Dragon Ball Z Kai and Power Rangers Samurai fanfiction. I enjoyed what other people wrote so much that I decided to write my own fanfic. So, I wrote a Power Rangers Samurai fic that became pretty popular among the people who read fanfiction of the show. People liked it so much, they wanted a sequel, and I eventually started one. However, I never finished it. The same can be said about the DBZ Kai fanfic I attempted. Key word: attempted.
Finally, after grounding myself in the fanfiction subcategory, I moved on to the stories subcategory, where people would post their own original writings. There were a lot of original stories there, ones about magic, and robots, and spaceships, and pretty much everything you can think of all written by kids my age. I enjoyed reading so many of them that I wanted to start writing my own.
And that was how I started writing Dark Irregular.
Now, Dark Irregular was not Dark Irregular when I started writing it. It was actually previously titled The Last Red Sorceress. Why? Because I loved magic and red was, and still is, my favorite color. It was a no-brainer to my sixth- or seventh-grade self that I called my own story that. So, I started writing this story that was drastically different than the Dark Irregular that is now out in the world and posted it chapter by chapter as everyone did in the writings message board. Similar to the fanfiction subcategory, my story did gain quite a bit of popularity, and people enjoyed reading it.
But I never posted the entire thing, and there are two reasons why.
The first is that this original story idea was giving me a lot of trouble. I’d always get stuck on this one part, and no matter how many times I re-wrote it, I never fully liked it, so I never posted.
The second is because of a question my friend, who I am going to call Armin Flinch, asked me. His question was quite literally, “Are you going to get it published?”
After that, a lengthy conversation ensued about whether or not I should get my story published, and I remember it being an insightful one. My friend brought up a pretty good point at the time. If I were ever serious about getting this story published, then I should stop posting on the message boards in case someone wanted to take my story, or at the very least the ideas and plot line of it. And so, after days of considering the published route, my days as a nick.com message board writer came to an end.
After those few days of thinking, I realized just how much I loved writing, and I wanted it to be my full-time job in the future. So, I started writing every day, doing my best to make this new dream a reality. As a result, I went to different people and asked them to read what I wrote, primarily my school’s librarian and my literature teacher, both of whom supported my venture . In fact, my librarian was the one who referred the freelance editor who edited my manuscript of Dark Irregular before I sent it out to publishers.
I was in a place with really supportive teachers and really supportive friends, and if it weren’t for that one friend who asked me if I was going to get my writing published, I probably wouldn’t be here writing this blog post and telling you this story.
And that is how I started writing.
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