Saturday, 31 May 2014

How It All Started: Writing.

Here's my How It All Started Game! Instructions and those who are tagged down below!

It was a desire within a purely pretentious eight year old me that started it all. Having been eight in the year 2006, I was an avid cartoon watcher and Judy Blume reader. I would spend hour upon irreplaceable hour of my life watching Spongebob, the Fairly Odd Parents, and reading Tales of  a Fourth Grade Nothing and Are You There God, It's Me Margaret, still easily two of my favourite books. Around the same time I fell, like many tweens did, into the blackhole that was the Twilight Series obsession. But, I wasn't satisfied with how they ended. I wasn't satisfied with Spongebob just getting Gary back after he'd made a very informed snail decision to leave.
I wasn't satisfied with Bella marrying Edward. None of it tickled my fancy. This distaste of the endings to everything I enjoyed started as early as eight years old and continued as late as Breaking Dawn's release. Oops.

So, I rewrote them. Often trying to include a sensible and level headed Jamaican girl in the plot. She may have loosely been based on myself. Just...maybe.
Trying to insert a Jamaican rainbow fish into Spongebob didn't turn out as well as I'd imagined it would, though.

Patrick, mon. Why yuh suh fool?
Every likkle ting iz gunna be arright! 
Nah man spongebob, how yuh fi stay suh bad mind? Leff Squidward alone nuh man! 

Let's just say it's a good thing, I wasn't and still am not part of the Spongebob writing staff because I haven't completely let go of the Jamaican rainbow fish character.
Eventually, I got to rewriting entire sections of the television shows, or almost half of the book. I rewrote New Moon to include a new character who may or may not have been Jamaican and stood at 5'4" with a ridiculous crush on Jacob. She also may or may not have been loosely based on me.

It was a frustrating thought that despite my perceived brilliance of my work, I couldn't do much with these rewrites outside of showing my friends and family as it was all copyrighted material I was messing with. And then it dawned on me.
"Well good golly Leah, you've just about recreated an entirely unique story with already developed characters. Why don't you start using your own characters, so this stuff can actually be your own work?"

And there it started, I finally started writing original pieces and publishing them and discovering my love of writing, or more accurately stories.

But, enough about me. I've never really tried my hand at creating a tag, or some kind of internet game but after sharing this I'm very curious to know about your stories and how you got started doing whatever it is you love. So here's where I'd like to start the How it All Started: (Insert Field Here) Game. Whether you're into photography, DIY, writing, music, food, fashion or whatever it is. I want to know what your story was & how it all started. What inspired you to start, what moment, what occurrence or what purely pretentious desire. I just have a love stories, and I do believe ultimately they are the backbone of human nature.
Your story could very well be the beginning of someone else's.

The first few people I'd like to tag are:

Samantha Heather
Emma Bates
Charly Cox

And of course anyone who reads this, and would like to give it a go. Link me to your posts in the comments, or just write your entire story in the comment.

Can't wait to read them!



  1. This is a really awesome idea Leah, I'm excited to give it a go!! Not sure what I'm going to write about, but I'll definitely think of something :)

    1. Hey Leah, I finally got around to doing this! Sorry it took me so long, but it was really fun! :)
      here it is :)

  2. I love this! Wasn't tagged but giving it a go anyway, I think it's about time I get my story (that happens to be still chilling in a corner of my brain waiting for its turn) told.. Love your blog btw!

  3. I think a Jamaican fish in Spongebob would have been a great addition! I love this post/tag, it's making me think about how I got interested in writing too, it seems like years ago! Thanks for tagging me:)
    Saadiya x

  4. So sweet! Thank you for tagging me! I'll definitely give it a go when I have time after my exams! I already have a idea about what I'll writing! :D

  5. So fun, loved your story!


  6. This is so cool! I love your style of writing- it's very fun and keeps the reader hooked :) And omg I loved SpongeBob too! I very nearly had a SpongeBob bedroom makeover when I was younger, which, now as an 18 year old, I wouldn't be too impressed with haha :p I'll definitiely keep reading your blog, it's great!

    Sarah xx