5 Horrendous Books I Wrote As A Child And What I Learned From Them (The Early Writings TAG!)


Every writer has a dark and scary past – you know, the time of your life when your writing was absolutely horrendous. Maybe you wrote short stories or novels. Maybe you wrote one. Maybe you wrote ten. Regardless, you would NEVER want these stories to see the light of day, would you? BECAUSE THEY ARE HORRENDOUS.

I am one such writer. And today I’m CREATING MY VERY OWN TAG* dedicated to the horrendous writings of your Past Self™. Why? To poke fun at how bad we were back then?? NOOOO. NOT AT ALL. Instead, we’re going to look at (laugh at) our early writings and see what we’ve learned from them.

But first a disclaimer: not all books written by your Past Self™ are horrendous. For instance, Port Orange was a book I wrote a loooong time ago and never finished. Then I picked it up, dusted it off, re-wrote it, and finished it. Because there were GOOD BONES IN THERE. Sometimes your Past Self™ is super creative and awesome. Other times…not so much. But I’m going to talk about WHAT I LEARNED from my early writing projects. Because I’ve written approximately 700,000 words of fiction in my lifetime** and I’ve learned a thing or two. Also WHY NOT BARE MY SOUL FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE?? Let’s get a move on.

*YIKES what if no one else does it??? << MY INSECURITY FOR THE PAST THREE DAYS so please please please do it I’ll pay you
**Yes I calculated that number (it was actually quite fun) and YES I WAS EXPECTING IT TO BE AT LEAST A MILLION. LIKE….WHAT THE HECK. I feel older dan dis. 


Funny you should ask,* because there is definitely more than one. THERE ARE FIVE. TO BE EXACT. But I’ll call them “writing projects” instead of books because they aren’t all books. (How intriguing.) SIDENOTE: When I tag YOU at the bottom of this post, you don’t have to list 5 books – you can list as many/few as you’d like! FOR MYSELF, LET’S START AT THE BEGINNING.

Yes. I wrote fanfiction. If we’re going to be technical, I STILL WRITE FANFICTION. Because there is no age limit on who can write fanfiction THANKYOUVERYMUCH. But here’s the thing: you’ve probably never read my fanfiction because it’s very obscure. I don’t write stories based on popular books or movies…I write stories (and alternate endings) based on video games. Specifically: the Nancy Drew adventure games by Her Interactive.

NEWS FLASH: these games are incredible. I’ve been addicted to them since birth (more realistically since 8-years-old.) They're basically point-and-click video games wherein you (Nancy Drew) solve mysteries in various situations. THEY’RE SUPER FUN ACTUALLY GO RUIN YOUR LIFE AND PLAY THEM ALL. But long story short: back in ’07 there was a HUGE online community for these games and I was a part of it. And lots of people on the message board (whoa THROWBACK THURSDAY) wrote alternate endings (AEs) for the games. I JOINED IN ON THE FUN AND NEVER STOPPED.

I’ve written about 11 AEs and 3 short stories – probably adding up to about 300,000 words. YES I HAD/HAVE A PROBLEM. I still write for these games and characters (mostly because my slash is the best thing ever**) and if you’re interested in reading one of my AEs, I posted the latest one on Fanfiction.net. HAVE FUN MAKING HEADS OR TAILS OF IT.

*I know I know you didn’t actually ask I’m just talking to myself again what else is new
**Nancy Drew + Joe Hardy = HAPPINESS OK

• How to receive feedback and constructive criticism from readers

• Writing on a deadline (HUNGRY FANS WAITING)

• Stepping into the shoes of characters (other than my own) and adapting to their voices

• Mystery/thriller genre experience! (Something I would never have tried were it not for ND games. I can definitely see myself writing this genre for my own books in the future.)


Next up we have a novel called Izzy. Let’s ignore the fact that by the time I was twelve years old I had begun and trashed countless stories. None of them really CLICKED for me. Until Izzy came along.

Izzy is a book about a girl named…Izzy Morgan. (SLOW-CLAPPING FOR CREATIVITY ON THAT ONE.) She lives with her family of seven siblings in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. LITERALLY NOTHING HAPPENS. I can’t even remember what kind of filler I stuffed in this book because here’s the synopsis in the nutshell:


- Izzy is bored with lyfe

- So she starts figure skating

- Because news flash I was really into figure skating when I wrote this one

- She has a cute guy friend who clichély helps her learn how to figure skate

- In LITERALLY A FEW MONTHS she goes from knowing zilch to competing in a championship

- ???????????

- Then she gets hit by a train

- Kinda

- And hurts her ankle and can’t compete

- Because why have just one cliché when we can have two

- Izzy’s ankle MAGICALLY heals in time for the competition and she competes and SHE WINS YAY

- Because why have two clichés when we can have THREE??


This book was basically horrible. But I loved the characters and I still do. It was the first “real” novel I ever wrote. My sister actually wrote a spin-off book based on the same characters – a book following the oldest brother of the Morgan family. SO THAT WAS KIND OF COOL. And tbh I liked Kate’s book much better than my own. 

• Clichés are SO CLICHÉ

• Broken ankles don’t heal in three days

• Siblings are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE to write

• If at first you don’t succeed, TRY TRY AGAIN

BTW I NAMED ALL MY BOOKS AFTER THE FIRST NAME OF THE MAIN CHARACTER. This is another spin-off book, about the other brother in the Morgan family: Cody. (Nicknamed Cod, but we’ll get to that later.) THE PLOT OF THIS BOOK IS ALSO: NOTHING. I seriously don’t know what I was thinking when I was younger. (We’re talking 13-years-old now. I was very much a pantser at 13.) Seriously, though. Here’s what happened:


- Mr. and Mrs. Morgan send three of their children (Cody, Izzy, and Bratty Older Sister™ Caroline) to summer camp

- Because summer camp is always a good setting for a coming-of-age MG fiction book

- Cody is a sheltered computer nerd and HATES SUMMER CAMP WITH THE FIRE OF A THOUSAND SUNS

- Which is another cliché

- Because have you ever read a book about a kid going to summer camp who’s like “OH BOY THIS IS SO GREAT I LOVE SUMMER CAMP” < no

- Cody has a troubled roommate who likes graffiti and punk rock

- I’m crying right now this is so cliché what the heck

- Cody meets a spunky girl with red hair and an unrealistic name (Electra Cole, in case you’re wondering)

- They spend ALL THEIR TIME together and DO LITERALLY NOTHING

- Caroline is mean

- Izzy is boring

- Cody gets in a fight with his roommate over something really stupid and gets punched in the eye

- Never tells Electra that he has a crush on her

- Goes home

- Is sad

- The end



It was 90k of absolute BOREDOM and I have no idea how I survived writing it. I think I probably had a fictional crush on Cody and made him 1000% like myself in every respect. BUT!! THERE IS A BRIGHT SIDE TO ALL OF THIS.

• I have no idea what summer camp is actually like

• I still love writing siblings/large families

• Filler = GOOD FOR NOTHING TRASH

• Just don’t write about this family anymore until you think of something interesting for crying out loud

DON’T ASK ME HOW I THOUGHT OF THAT TITLE. I have no idea. It’s pretty weird, and has almost nothing to do with the book. I also can't really say this was a book I wrote “when I was a child” because let’s be honest: I was 16. But still, I had no idea what I was doing when I wrote White Knuckles Are Important (which, by the way, had the working title of David. Because it was about a kid named David. #BRILLIANT) Let’s nutshell again:


- The book is kind of a modern retelling of the story of David in the Bible

- WHICH IS NOT A FEAT AT ALL NO WAY LOLOLOL

- what the heck was I thinking

- David and Abbie (cough-Abigail-cough) are friends who meet under unlikely circumstances (like Abbie’s boyfriend pummels poor David in a dark alley and leaves him for dead)

- Hashtag GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS

- David is a musician (because GUESS WHAT I’M A MUSICIAN) and a record label wants him to sign with them

- btw I know nothing about record labels

- but in the book I make them sound like the literal devil

- BECAUSE INDIE FOR THE WIN

- I’m so discreet please excuse me



- The book is basically copy/pasted from my sister’s idea (because come on aren’t ALL little sisters plagiarists?? No??? It’s jUST ME????) to write a fiction/non-fiction book and weave it all together into a story

- Which basically means there is a novel about hoodlum kids in San Diego + theological rants mixed in

- YEAH IT’S WEIRD

- But it gets worse

- Because I know NOTHING ABOUT HOODLUM KIDS IN SAN DIEGO

- lolololol help

- I was basically fumbling through writing about stuff I didn’t even WANT to research (because #scary) and making “hoodlum teenagers” sound like cherubs dropped from the firmament

- YES IT’S THAT BAD

- A pack of these troubled teens get together and form a band and preach the gospel and travel around in a VW bus playing music at bars and clubs

- #LIVINGTHEDREAM

- The end

- Not kidding


I learned a lot from writing this book, not gonna lie. But at the same time, I feel like this one has some good bones. I really do love all the non-fiction elements of the book (because my theological rants are actually awesome tbh) so MAYBE SOMEDAY I’ll re-write this thing into something actually good. We’ll see.


• Never copy ideas from your sister

• Never write about things/places/people you don’t understand and have no desire to research

• Light and heavy contemporary is my favorite niche


I’ve written a lot of short stories in my small life and I actually LOVE TO WRITE SHORT STORIES. Sometimes a plot bunny will smack me in the face and I realize that it doesn’t have enough meat to be a novel… but it would make an awesome 2k-3k story. In fact, a little while ago, I published one of my short stories on Wattpad. <<< An ACTUALLY GOOD short story, that is. Some of them are rubbish and some of them are cool. Here’s a sample of my mixed bag:


- Nobody Wants The Purple Cauliflower: a REALLY FREAKING WEIRD story about a boy who brings a purple cauliflower home to his mother, who gets angry and almost kills him with a bread knife.

- Three Little Maples: based on a true story about my mom when she was a teenager and got a fence installed in her backyard and three adorable trees got cut down but they didn’t actually need to get cut down and everyone was sad the end.

Yield To The Truth: based on a kinda-true story about my dad when he was little kid and wanted to jump on a train and run away into the wild west.

- A Very Odd Turn Of Events Not To Be Expected: another freaking weird story about a dysfunctional English family during WWI and a teenage boy who didn’t want to go to war and his sister who throws wine glasses at him during dinner.

- The Time I Met A Real-Live Sugar Plum Fairy: a totally fictional story about my dad when he was little kid and went to see the Nutcracker Ballet and was bored and left the theater and met a sugar plum fairy from the ballet.

- Condensed Milk: another WWI story that is basically just a conversation between a soldier and a nurse at a field hospital and asdfghjkl I REALLY LIKE THIS ONE MAYBE I’LL PUBLISH IT SOMEDAY.

- It Was All Because Of Me: a REALLY WEIRD story I wrote on a dare (via my sister of course) about a boy who makes his father trip on a Cheerio and break his leg (yes) so that his brother will get a job. Please don’t ask me to publish this one.


I have lots more short stories that I’ve written in the past, but I’m going to SHUT UP NOW because I could probably ramble on about this forever.


• I’m still learning

• About short stories and everything else

• Sometimes the best writing happens when you least expect it

In case you’ve forgotten (because the beginning of this post was approximately 200 years ago) THIS IS A TAG. And since I’m the creator of this tag I SOLEMNLY TAG YOU, MY FRIEND. YOU, READING THIS. Are you a writer?? DO THIS:

Thank the person who tagged you (that’s me!)

Copy/paste and answer these questions:
- What horrendous book did you write as a child?
- What did you learn from it?

Talk about as many books/writing projects as you like!

Tag 5 other bloggers

(Oh and PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU DO IT because I want to read all about your horrendous early writings!)



What’s the most horrendous thing you’ve ever written? What have you learned from your early writings? How have you grown as a writer over the years? Or months, if you’re a new writer! WELCOME TO THE PARTAY. Do you want to read any of those crazy short stories I talked about? If so, WHICH ONE?? ;)

rock on,
abbiee

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  1. ABBIE THIS POST IS INFINITELY GREAT. And I'm pretty sure all younger siblings with older writerly brothers or sisters have kind of plagiarized at one point or another?? Well, I did, at least. XDD

    But oh gosh I actually have grown as a writer a lot. Over the years that I've been writing, I've probably grown the most in the past two months, TBH, just bc I've made a bunch of blogging frens who are SERIOUSLY HARDCORE WRITERS and that basically forced me to write bc #pressure. But that's a good thing! Because I have no motivation! And I'm a professional couch potato who would never do any writing otherwise! So yayyy!

    And also ajsldkj I want to read all of these short stories bc THEY SOUND HILARIOUS. *puppy dog eyes* may we pls have the one "about a boy who makes his father trip on a Cheerio and break his leg (yes) so that his brother will get a job"??? XD

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    1. AHHHH SARAH THANK YOU SO MUCH YOUR COMMENT BRIGHTENED MY DAY X1000000 :''') haha yes!! it's definitely a younger-sibling thing. EVERYTHING MY OLDER SISTER DID = COOL so obvi I had to copy/paste her. xD That's so cool that you've been writing more since blogging! I know the blogging community has really helped me grow as a writer too and they are always so encouraging!! (LIKE YOU FOR INSTANCE *HUGS*) omg please no don't make me publish that short story *face palm* NOW MY SISTER IS BEGGING ME TO PUBLISH IT TOO. xD I guess we'll have to see what happens... ;) Thank you so much for reading, Sarah!!

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  2. THIS IS SO GREAT. I have gobs and gobs of embarrassing stories hidden away. :') I think I was illustrating a story about a dog named Chops when I was 12 and that was fun, and OH, there was definitely several books I didn't know how to end so I just killed everyone off. I mean. What else is there to do. I don't even know if I learned from those experiences hahahhaah except that thank GOODNESS my family told me I was doing a good job so I kept going and got marginally better as life went on.😂😂

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    1. AHH THANK YOU CAIT!! omg illustrated stories are the best!! I remember when I was very small me and my sister would just sit at the table with a pile of markers and make illustrated stories all morning :'''') GOOD TIMES. "and OH, there was definitely several books I didn't know how to end so I just killed everyone off." << TRADEMARKED CAIT RIGHT THERE xD haha that's the greatest omg. WELL I'M GLAD YOU STUCK WITH IT, DUDE! THE WORLD WILL BE GLAD TOO *high fives* thank you for reading!!

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  3. This was such a great post to read! I have quite a few things in the works at the moment, but I'll definitely try to do this! Oh gosh, where to begin with my embarrassing story attempts? The first story I ever wrote was about a caterpillar (?) and a ladybug trying to rule a park. Then of course there's the Hannah Montana fanfiction...*shudder*

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    1. PS - What a coincidence! Tagged you for a little something-something on my blog.

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    2. EEEEP YAY!! *does a happy dance* I can't wait to see your post on this, Sunset!! :D AW THAT STORY ACTUALLY SOUNDS REALLY CUTE. And yay for fanfiction!!! ;) I can't wait to check out the tag on your blog! thanks so much dude <3

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  4. OH MY GOODNESS ABBIE I LOVE THIS POST TO PIECES. XD

    Gah I did the same thing when I was younger. My stories were THE MOST BORING THINGS ON PLANET EARTH. It was beyond tragic. Like, how did we do that all the time??? Granted, you have spent MUCH more time writing than I have- I've only fully written one novel. But oh my gosh, the ones that I attempted were the biggest hot messes.

    I may just have to complete this tag. ;)

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    1. ASDFGHJKL KIND OF LIKE HOW I LOVE YOU TO PIECES??? *many hugs* THANK YOU GRACE ANNE. I've definitely been there! Hot mess novels can be pretty funny in hindsight though... XD EEEP I HOPE YOU DO THIS TAG BC I'D LOVE TO READ ITTTT <333

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  5. Haha, I can definately relate to basically 100% OF THIS ENTIRE POST. My past stories were...interesting. XD

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    1. HAHA THE STRUGGLE IS REAL AMMIRIGHT :'''') thanks so much for reading, Laura!!

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  6. I'm dead 😂 You gave me a good laugh Abbie
    This post was awesome and a 200/100 % relatable.

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    1. AHHHH THANK YOU I'M SO GLAD I MADE YOU LAUGH <3

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  7. LOVE THIS POST. Past Selves write the most terrible junk, I should know. XD Getting to see these story ideas of yours (sub par or no), and what you've learned from your experience, is really cool. I've read As Cold As, and loved it!!

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    1. ASDFGHJKL THANK YOU SO MUCH OLIVIA *hugs and gives you waffles* ugh Past Selves are seriously ridiculous like WHAT WERE THEY THINKING??? idk. I'm so glad you like this post and As Cold As!!! <333fghjflksjklsj tHANK YOU FOR READING

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  8. This was such a great post! It was really funny as well. Because my younger four and five-year-old self who didn't know how to read or write yet, wrote stories all the time! I don't know why my older sister went to the trouble of writing them down as I dictated.

    I hope to do this tag, as I have quite a few horrendous stories to share and talk about. Thanks!

    ~ Pip

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    1. AW THAT'S SO SWEET THOUGH. Your older sister is definitely a keeper. ;) And eeep I hope you do this tag! I'd love to read it! <3

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    2. I did the tag! I wasn't sure if I would have time, but it did, and it was super fun.

      http://pipandlolly.blogspot.com/2017/07/early-writing-tag.html?m=1

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    3. I LOVED IT OMG!!! <33333

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  9. THIS IS OFFICIALLY THE GREATEST TAG IDEA EVER. I usually don't do many tags, BUT I MUST DO THIS ONE. I LOVED LOVED LOVED hearing about you old stories (not because they were silly, but I love to see where good writers started from).

    I'll try to do the tag, but my earliest "novel" I finished when I was eleven. It was about these kids with elemental powers going to save this fictional world I created and one girl was "the chosen one." (totally not cliche).

    THIS TAG IS GENIUS ASDFJKL; <3

    audrey caylin

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    1. ASDFGHJKLSFJ THAT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME THANK YOU AUDREY <3333 I CAN'T WAIT TO READ YOUR POST ON THIS OMG. I love to see the early works of writers too!! It's super fascinating. OH MY GOSH YOUR FIRST NOVEL IS PERFECT FOR THIS :'') I can't wait to read more about it!! THANK YOU AS ALWAYS DEAR <3

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  10. DUUUUUUDE THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL GAAAH TOTALLY DOING THIS!!!

    Okay, legit laughing through this whole post xDDDDD WHY ARE YOU AMAZING I mean I know why, because thats what a waffle queen is: AMAZING

    <33

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    1. LITERALLY SMILING SO HARD RN SDFGHJKL YOU'RE THE BEST YOU KNOW THAT *HUGS* <33333 I CAN'T WAIT TO READ YOUR VERSION OF THIS!!!!

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  11. *giggles*
    *can't stop*😂
    Thanks SO MUCH for sharing all these with us. =) You're bringing a smile to everyone's face with this post- not like you don't normally. =D
    But, yeah- LOVED this post, Abbiee! It was so enjoyable! =D
    Blessings,
    Jaidyn Elise<3
    BTW, you're AMAZING. Keep up the awesome work, girl! ;)

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    1. AHHHH SO HAPPY YOU LIKE THIS POST THANK YOU JAIDYN ELISE <33333 (btw I love your name omg) THIS COMMENT PUT A HUGE SMILE ON MY FACE. :'''') YOU'RE AMAZING TOO DUDE ROCK ON *hugs forever*

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    2. You're SO welcome!!! ;) (OMW, THANK YOU!! You're too sweet.<33333) Yaaaayy!!! I'm so glad!!!!! =) *pats self on back for accomplishing my mission* lol
      YOU ARE TOO!!!!! *tackles you with hugs and waffles*
      <3333333,
      Jaidyn Elise

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  12. hahaha this is the best tag and I kind of want to read all of these books despite their horrendousness. XD It made me think of all of my unfinished, weird story ideas and I kinda want to do this tag. Thank heavens that we've improved in our writing!

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    1. HAHAH I KNOW RIGHT?? I have this strange fondness for my horrendous old books...despite laughing at them. xD MIXED EMOTIONS YA KNOW. oooh you should totally do this tag, Hannah! I'd love to read about your early writings. ;)

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  13. IMMA DO IT, ABBIEEEEE!!!

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  14. OKAY THIS IS THE BESTEST TAG. If I have spare time during July (July is going to be a KILLER month, so hopefully I don't pass out from sheer stress?) I'm totally doing it xD. And YOUR STORIES - they sound an awful lot like the junky, cliche stuff that I wrote when I was ten and OH MY did it make me laugh to go through all of them! Gracious, this was just fun all around - thanks for creating this tag, Abbie! I'll give you the link if I have the time to do it!

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

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    1. GAH I HOPE YOU DO IT SAVANNAH BECAUSE I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO READ YOUR VERSION OF THIS TAG!!! <3 (btw praying for you + July!! sounds stressful eep!) HAHA I KNOW RIGHT I just can't stop laughing at how much I've improved...*shudders* to put it positively. ;) muahaha. Thank you so much for reading, dude!!

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  15. OKAY CAN I JUST SAY all of y'all writers are the best. I can't even BEGIN to imagine where y'all's brains have to pull that WORD STUFF from. Like WHERE??? I can't.

    That being said, I'm now really glad I have Abbie's Writing^TM to read! Particularly that one about Nancy Drew and Joe Hardy. YES. *lowkey Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys even when I'm 17 so...*

    (also you really should post the other short stories because I'd read the HECK out of them, just saying.)

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    1. ASDFGHJKL DUDE DUDE DUDUDUEE FDLKJSLKJ DID YOU LITERALLY JUST SAY THAT YOU'RE A JANCY FAN OH MY GOSH CAN I HUG YOU FOREVER PLZ <33333333 *SCREAMS FANGIRLISHLY* AHHHH THAT'S SO GREAT WHATTHEHECK???1 :''''''''') also idk how I write sometimes. WORDING STUFF REALLY IS WEIRD. I'll take a hiatus from writing and then when I come back I'm like "omg what if i can't write anymore what if i don't know how anymore" and there's always that lowkey terrifying moment *nervous laughter* BUT WE LIVE MUAHAHAHA. eeeep THANK YOU i might just have to post more short stories now... ;) YOU THE BOMB.

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  16. This is SO FUNNY. Unless NaNo kills me (which is highly probable)--I'm absolutely going to do it on my blog this month!

    Hailey
    www.haileyhudson.wordpress.com

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    1. EEEP I HOPE YOU GET TO DO THIS TAG! (And good luck with NaNo!!) <3

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  17. OHMIWORD THIS IS SUCH AN AMAZING IDEA!! I shall be doing this someday. :D

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    1. EEEEP I CAN'T WAIT TO READ YOUR VERSION ANIKA JOY <3333 (u have such a pretty name btw) THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING!

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  18. Can I just say I have never related to another human being as much as I am in this glorious moment. Everything in this post. Ranting to yourself. It is the same as me. -_- *inhales*
    Fabulous I love it!

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    1. KINDRED SPIRIT *HIGH FIVES AND HUGS YOU AND GIVES YOU WAFFLES* CLEARLY YOU ARE AWESOME. :''''') thank you so much for reading!!

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  19. This is amazing. <3

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    1. YOU ARE AMAZING THANK YOU <3333

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  20. Abbiee, this made me laugh so much! I might even do your tag, :P I've had some horrendous writings in my time. And A Very Odd Turn of Events sounds hilarious!

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    1. AHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH CHELSEA. :'''') I hope you do this tag!! I'd love to read about your early writings!! And omg yes that short story is pretty hilarious. XD I had fun writing it anyway.

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    2. Hey Abbie, I said ages ago I'd do your tag, but I've only just got around to doing it. Here's the link if you wanted to take a look, :D
      https://anordinarypen.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/abbies-early-writing-tag-rambling-about-embarrassing-things/

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    3. YAAAAAS! I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS OMG <3

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  21. This is great. The purple cauliflower story makes me sad for some unexplainable reason (maybe because I can't imagine someone not wanting purple vegetables - how awesome is that??). Hmm. I'm almost persuaded to do this tag. Sounds kinda fun. Interestingly, despite all my horrendous grammar and everything, the actual ideas I had when I was younger were decent. I just never finished them and didn't really know how to make them work exactly.

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT HOW COULD ANYONE NOT LIKE PURPLE VEGETABLES. It was a really strange story let me tell ya. *nervous laughter* OOOH YES PLEASE DO THIS TAG. I'd love to read your version of it!! And that's awesome about your story ideas -- maybe some of them can be resurrected, eh? ;) Thank you so much for reading!

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  22. OH MY WORD THIS WAS SO FUNNY. You literally had five and I was like WAIT I WANT MORE! ;) I did my own version here: http://www.southkakalakigirl.com/2017/07/03/early-writings-tag/. Loved this tag!

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    1. SJKLFJLKSJ SO GLAD YOU LIKED THIS HAHAHA <3 I LOVE YOURS SO MUCH OMG

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  23. OMG... I think I have to try this. I have written so much crappy stuff it's hilarious, but yeah, it's been an enlightening process, soooooo, I'll let you know when the post is up. (OMG the characters that do nothing and the nothingness that happens in the plot is still one of my biggest problems shhhh don't tell... But yeah, this post was majorly relatable.)

    xoxo
    Lizzy

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    1. YES!! DO ITTT. It's so much fun omg. :') we do learn a lot from our old crappy writings though lolol xD SO GLAD YOU LIKE THIS POST <333

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  24. I love this tag so much! And it is soooo much fun reading about how others started out and hey, we are rather the same but even your plotting was better than mine! I featured animals extremely much! And I'm going to do it today, so you can check out my blog maybe tomorrow and read all about my horrible stories!

    Side note: we haven't "met" yet, so just introducing myself - I'm Lisa, a fairly new blogger (ok, who am I kidding, not even a month old yet!) and I've known about you blog for a time but never got around to commenting; still I love reading your posts!

    - Lisa
    www.thisinkwell.blogspot.com

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    1. I LOVED YOUR VERSION OF THIS TAG OMGGG <333 SO MUCH FUN. And aw, thank you so much!! Your comment has just brightened my day x100000

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  25. Whoosh. How did you even survive writing so many projects you call "horrendous"? I would have abandoned all of them a long time ago if I didn't like them. I haven't actually written many horrendous things, just one fan fiction that I hated. I love to write poetry and short stories, and have tried to take up the task of creating a novel, but then I get lazy and don't get past the first 6 pages. Novels are so much work and I feel as if they have to lots of pages. By the way, I like and hate reading because most writers extend their books for so long while mixing little interesting stuff. Ugh.

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    1. I DID GET TIRED OF SOME OF THEM HAHAHA *nervous laughter* but I'm glad I stuck it out even though I'll never publish these horrendous stories... you learn from your experiences, right? ;) Thank you so much for reading!!

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  26. OKAY. BUT THIS IDEA. It is brilliant! I love it so much. And I love your take on LEARNING from our past stories, instead of JUST wanting to burn them and pretend they didn't happen. Because it happens to all of us. XD But you have to start somewhere, and with every single story we improve with our craft. So this whole tag is just genius!

    I played the Nancy Drew games back in the day!!! My friends and I loved them. Ah, that brings back memories.

    And can I just say I'm kind of in love with your crazy titles. "White Knuckles are Important," "Nobody Wants The Purple Cauliflower", etc. They're so imaginative and interesting. I'd pick up a book with those titles just to see what it's about!

    I really need to do this tag sometime!

    Also hi! I don't think I've ever commented on your blog before. o.o SHAMEFUL. Because I've been following you for a few months and am IN LOVE with your blog. I get so excited every time a new post of yours pops up on my dashboard. All your posts are so great! ^_^

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    1. AAAAH THANK YOU SO MUCH CHRISTINE. <333 seriously I'm so happy you like this post!! And I'm so glad you appreciate that aspect -- I was trying to bring some positive light to this struggle we writers know all too well... that desire to burn our old manuscripts yes! FKLSDJALSKJ THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU SAID RIGHT THERE THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY :''')

      OMG KINDRED SPIRIT!! *high fives* You played Nancy Drew games too?? THAT'S AWESOME. and sjfklsajdlasj thankYOU HAHA I really liked some of these titles too :') you should totally do this tag! I would love to read about your early writings.

      *CASUALLY SCREAMING* THIS COMMENT HAS MADE MY DAY WOW THANK YOU. <3333 so glad you're here, Christine!! *SO MANY HUGS* *AND WAFFLES OF COURSE*

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  27. I did this tag! Thanks so much for the idea. :D

    You can find my post here.

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    1. DKSAJDLKJASL CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT!!!

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  28. I definitely wrote short stories about my stuffed animal monkey (named Long Legs... literally. for this long legs. I can't even.) exploring my house and visiting my sisters stuffed animals/his friends at night. I also started a novel about a black horse but I started it and he escaped the fence where he was kept........ and that was literally as far as I'd gotten with the plot so that just kinda.. dead ended there. HAHA. sounds like my novel ideas now tbh. AHAHA, this was such a great post. good to know even the queens of writing novels started somewhere ;) LUV U. MISSED UR BLOG.

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    1. LIV I WANT TO READ ALL THOSE STORIES ABOUT LONG LEGS PLZZZZ <3333 that's so cute omg :') and yes!! everyone starts somewhere, yo!! tbh I still feel like I'm just beginning lol 15 years later lol *has no idea what I'm doing but hey at least I'm having fun right* DKLSJKAJ MISS U AND UR BLOG MOAR <3

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  29. HAHAHA. All these stories sound like complete rollercoasters. Like Izzy went form 0 to 100 REALLY QUICKLY. I love these projects, it reminds me of all the really bad stories I wrote when I was younger. :')

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    1. HAHAHAHA YES YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN :''') That book was a nightmare omg... xD I'm so glad you can relate to this post Jo!!

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  30. oKAY so this was fabulous. I'm going to do this tag. It might take a week or so to dig up all my slightly ridiculous stories n such... but I will do it. Thank you for this tag, Abbiee!
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    1. YAAAAAS DO IT!!! <3 I can't wait to read all about your early writings, Jeneca!! :D

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  31. HAHAAA OMW!! This post was a great idea and I legit had to laugh out loud with this one: "It Was All Because Of Me: a REALLY WEIRD story I wrote on a dare (via my sister of course) about a boy who makes his father trip on a Cheerio and break his leg (yes) so that his brother will get a job. Please don’t ask me to publish this one." XD XD I MIGHT CONSIDER DOING THIS BUT #weshallsee Still, it was a funny, interesting idea and you executed it well *thumbs up* ALSO some of the stories didn't seem terrible?! *laughs* Like they had depth, but needed plot - if that makes sense. XD

    ALSO HI we're friends on GR!! I don't know if you know me...?!? XD

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    1. HAHAHA AND DUDE I WAS LAUGHING SO HARD WHILE I WROTE THAT SHORT STORY... IN THE HOUSE BY MYSELF (my family worries for my mental health probably xD) You should totally do this it's super fun!!! EXACTLY OMG SO TRUE. I definitely had no idea what plot was back then... :') *sigh* YES I REMEMBER YOU FROM GOODREADS I THINK!! Totally checking out your blog asap <3

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  32. OH MY GOD THESE ARE ALL SO HILARIOUS AND I ABOUT DIED WITH LAUGHTER JUST NOW. Please please post Nobody Wants the Purple Cauliflower because while I don't want the purple cauliflower, I want the story. I actually need it. And I think all of our writing sucked as a child??? Especially when you base your characters off of your classmates... and the MC as you. *cringes*

    may @ forever and everly

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    1. HAHAHAHADKJSALJD SO GLAD YOU LIKED THIS POST MAY :') It was so much fun to write and reminisce the good old days when I had no idea what I was doing... <3 MUHAHAA. Oh my gosh, yes! that cast of characters... *nods* I feel ya. HAHA. thank you for reading, dear!!

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  33. It Was All Because Of Me sounds AMAZING you should 100% publish it.

    Definitely going to read your Wattpad story :)

    I could do this tag? But my early writings are so so so bad... There was this one I wrote about a girl called Cookie and about how she baked cookies and argh the cringe.

    Love this post though! <3

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    1. OMG HAHA I'LL NEED TO PSYCHE MYSELF UP TO PUBLISH THAT ONE xD it's really really weird. DO THIS TAG YAAAAS TALK ABOUT THE GIRL NAMED COOKIE THAT SOUNDS PERFECT ;) seriously I'd love to read about your early writings!! <3 thank you so much dude!

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  34. This is such a wonderful tag AHHGFDGFDGFGKJHG. I'm totally doing this! YOU ARE A GENIUS. (also can I please read Nobody Wants the Purple Cauliflower ??? Like, WAHT EVEN. XP ) The sugar plum fairy one also looks really cute. CAN WE JUST READ ALL OF THEM? PLEASE AND THANK YOU. XP

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    1. AHHHH HANNAH I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE GOING TO DO THIS! I can't wait to read your post!! <3 and eeeeep haha MAYBE I'LL PUBLISH SOME OF THESE SHORT STORIES ONE DAY. ;) we shall see! thank you so much for reading, dear!

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  35. Hi AGAIN, Abbiee!!! I know I already commented on this post awhile back, but I was in kind of a rush so my comment was brief and we all know I don't DO brief comments so. I'm BACK to tell you how much I enjoyed reading about YOUR early writings.

    So. I loved this post!!! Especially that part about the man BREAKING HIS LEG on a Cheerio made me crack up laughing. CODY ACTUALLY SOUNDS KINDA GOOD?? But yes, there has never been a book about a kid who WANTED to go away, has there??? White Knuckles Are Important ALSO sounds reaaally good. And I love that it was about David From The Bible but ALSO YOU AT THE SAME TIME?? Like it had an Abbie in it and there were musicians and stuff??? You need to publish that one for me. ;))))

    And like whoa, those short stories!!! Bahahaha!! The mother kills him with a bread knife??? The sister throws... wineglasses at her brother??? WHAT IS ALL THIS VIOLENCE???? Also how would breaking your DAD'S leg help your BROTHER have a job??? I am the confused.

    But the World War short stories sound lovely! Also I like that you wrote about your parents?? That's cute. The Three Little Maples sounds like my kinda story. :))))

    OKAY I'M DONE NOW. LOVELY POST, ABBIE. AND I STILL WANT TO DO THIS TAG SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE!!!

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    1. HI AGAIN KATE MARIE!!! *gives you waffles for coming back to this post to comment again omg you're so loyal what the heck* :''') I TOTALLY FEEL ABOUT BRIEF COMMENTS. *nod nod* long comments are the best!! <3

      HAHAHA OMG I'M SO GLAD YOU GOT A KICK OUT OF THIS POST!! And the Cheerio thing yes... me and my sister were VERY hyper when we thought of that idea! xD HAHA YES WHO WANTS TO GO TO SUMMER CAMP like for realz... ABBIE FROM WHITE KNUCKLES IS TOTALLY ME LOL JUST A MEANER VERSION?? lol I was so copying myself there...is that a thing?? I PLAGIARIZED MY OWN SELF FOR MY OWN NOVEL SUE ME (like literally I'm going to sue me...THIS IS INJUSTICE!!)

      OH MY GOSH GET THIS TOO: in the Cheerio story the brother gets a job as a traffic control person and then he gets fired because he hOLDS THE SIGN THE WRONG WAY AND CAUSES A 17 CAR PILEUP << no joke that is tru fiction in the flesh right there i kid u not xD DEFINITELY NOT MY FINEST WORK.

      IDK WHY BUT I HAVE THIS STRANGE ATTRACTION TO WRITING STORIES ABOUT MY PARENTS :') I just feel like they would have been really cool to know as kids/teenagers. SAKJFLKSJA THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING AND COMMENTING AGAIN AND AH! LOVE YOU DUDE!! *many hugs*

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    2. Haha, I'm just obsessive, don't mind me...

      I hope you make a ton of money on that lawsuit! *fistbumps* I plagiarize my own self all the time, I think. Apparently I know not how to write anyone who is not ME.

      OH MY. It just gets funnier, doesn't it??!??!?!!?

      Huh. That is so cool, though. I guess I've never given it much thought, what my parents were like as kids...

      ALSO YOUR NEW HEADER IS GORGEOUS I LOVE IT HALP.

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  36. I'm so glad I found this cause it's gold and I'm half-tempted to join in but also terrified cause at least your trash was mildly creative trash and all mine was like horses!cliches!angsty children!

    And any books centering around animals are literally the worst cause you have to personify them to make them relatable but then it gets weird cause animals aren't people.

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