Writing a novel is a huge undertaking, especially when writing is not your full-time job. It’s important to celebrate all the little milestones along the way, and realize that any progress towards your goal is progress, even when it feels like you’re stepping back.
It’s also important to think about how far you’ve come. The more you work at it, the more your writing will improve. Looking back at some of your older works can show you just how much you’ve improved.
In that spirit, here is one of my very early works. Enjoy!
Attack of the Killer Desserts
Written: 1992 (grade 4, age 10)
During a picnic, four kids are surprised to discover their desserts have come to life. They must work together and come up with inventive solutions to save the town and themselves from being eaten.
Chapter 1: The Desserts Attack
One day Adam, Justin, Spencer and Sean were on a picnic at Ada B. when a blinding flash of light lit up the sky and then disappeared leaving the sky a dark grey.
“That’s funny,” said Spencer. “The weather man didn’t call for a storm.”
“Don’t worry,” said Justin. “Hurry up and maybe we’ll beat the storm.”
Suddenly, Adam, Justin and Spencer heard a scream from Sean. His ice cream was twice the size of him! They ran over to help him but were blocked by the carrots. They were the size of Justin! Then they saw a bunch of pumpkins. They were the size of Ada B.! Then the strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon grew to twice the size of Adam! Then the bag of marshmallows grew to twice the size of the ice cream! Its teeth were marshmallows and its eyes were marshmallows and it had a gun that shot marshmallows!
“Run!” Sean yelled. “Into the school!”