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Dipping My Toes, My First Experience Writing Fiction

As a kid I probably would have never expected myself to become the writer that I am today let alone a writer. From writing random stories to now writing articles, fanfiction, and even my own book. I recently came across my old writing in a box before the theme was announced and laugh at my middle school scribbles and looking at what I write now, for my beginnings and what it would eventually lead to in present day and how much improvement I've made since then I wouldn't be here without them. Every time I write I think of the late great Walt Disney saying that it all started with a dream and a mouse. For me, it started with imagination, three animals, two friends, and my own imagination.


Back in middle school my friends and I had an idea, we thought what would it be like if animals went on adventures? It was like Homeward Bound but more fun and lighthearted. Though I lost the original work to the sands of time, I can remember some of the details. It was based around a dog, a cat, and oddly enough a squirrel named Trigger. These three would usually start out at home as their owner leaves for the day and ends with them coming home just as the owner returns, as if nothing happened. The adventures changed with each story, though short and not very detailed. One that I can remember is The trio going to a county fair as mischief ensues from knocking over a hot dog stand, Trigger rigging the games, and even crashing a pie eating contest. Looking back at it now I felt good writing those stories since they were meant to be fun and not super serious, it was like hanging out with good friends and having a good time. 

Years later in freshman year of high school I came up with another character, though this would be the first of many in action stories that I would come to write. The character is named Demange, or Demon Angel. While it had multiple entries, they were pretty much the same. Main character is miserable, he gets powers, meets and falls in love with a girl, she gets captured by the bad guy, Main character has to save her, he fights the bad guy and wins, he and girl live happily ever after, the end. Not my greatest though I was new and honestly didn't read anything outside of manga. Character design was pretty basic with grey skin, wings of a bat, long grey hair, and a sinister smile of sharp teeth. Looking back I get shivers down my spine at how bad I was back then. It was so generic and honestly lazy. Back then I thought it was the best thing ever that I've made and was proud of it. After that I quit writing for some reason until about five years ago and haven't stopped since and plan on turning what started as a hobby to a career.  

Looking back on it now, I see these experiences of writing as stepping stones to become who I am today as a writer. Seeing these characters and looking at my mistakes and what was good or bad shaped my writing style as well. I also started reading books of the genres that interest me and what I would tend to write to get a feel of what would be good for the reader by becoming a reader myself. While I used to write for my friends and for others, I now write and create characters for myself and to try new things through fanfiction and listen to what would be good and use that in my own stories and what to improve on and come back with those improvements later on to see if they are fixed or just drop it all together. While I may laugh at it now, I know deep down that these stories would be the beginning of a much bigger world that I didn't discover until years later in a little shop in Florida where I once again picked up the pen and started on the road that I'm still on and will always be on.


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ThatDudeintheHoodie Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 02:09 PM

Thank you :)

Superman Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Isn't it funny how when we look back on our old writings we often realize they weren't as good as we thought at the time? I feel much the same way about my own writings, but I guess the good news is that that means we are growing. Nice article.

ThatDudeintheHoodie Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 02:04 AM

Thank you :)

Benjanime Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 01:49 AM

long after i graduated high school in 2006 i actually collaborated with a friend to help design human/animal hybrid characters drawn in both of our art styles. the main character was a half human/half wolf named kerii who would go out on adventures taking inspiration from the legend of zelda. granted that i'm not a furry, it was an interesting concept still. i hope your ideas continue to grow!

ThatDudeintheHoodie Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 07:32 PM

I don't recall, Logan. Thank you Vapor, I'm currently working on a children's book.

NLogan Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 02:11 PM

Did you have an avatar of demange at one time?

Vaporman87 Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 08:05 AM

Good luck in your future endeavors TDitH. I hope they bring you enjoyment, if nothing else.

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