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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Does This Sound Familiar?

Once upon a time there was a girl named Katie, who had a father who was an astronaut, and who had his own spaceship. One day Katie learned she could move objects just by concentrating on them.

One day, she was out in the back yard, happily moving around rocks, toys, etc, when the air shimmered and a face appeared, appealing for help.

She ran to her father and asked him to take her to the Correli System. As luck would have it, her father had just gotten off the phone and was on his way to the spaceport to meet with two others who were requesting passage to the same system. Since school was out, the father agreed to take Katie along with him.

While en route to Correli, Katie accidentally let her power show, and the two passengers quickly realized she possessed The Force, and reassured her it was perfectly normal. The male, Luke, helped her hone her skills during the trip. The female, Leia, confided the reason behind the trip. When Katie revealed the vision she'd had, everyone was excited.

Upon arriving at Correli, the group was captured by the evil leader, Jabba. But before the guards could take them away, another guard announced the prisoner had gotten free. Jabba went to investigate; Katie and company ran the other way, found Han Solo, and escaped back to the spaceship. Katie and Luke used The Force to ward off the guards chasing them, and soon arrived at the Millenium Falcon. The three passengers expressed their gratitude, and transported over to the Falcon. Katie and her father headed back to Earth. The End.

What? It's full of holes? And what about the REST of the story, with Darth Vader, the Death Star, Yoda, etc?

Yes, this early attempt at sci-fi showed me (in hindsight) that I was destined for the romance genre.

Of course, I was only 15 when I wrote it, so of course it's full of holes! It's hard to research something in which you only have two hours a month to work on it, and going to the library during class is a no-no.

And obviously, three years later the REAL movie arrived in theaters and I realized everything I'd written did NOT match George Lucas' dream!

So what about you? Do any of your first attempts vaguely resemble the plots of past books or movies? Ever write your own sequel to anything?


Amber Skyze said...

Most definitely! :) I was great at head hopping too.

Tina Donahue said...

I wrote my first story at nine - a children's book. Called it "Dimples, the Adventurous Flea" (old Dimples hopped from dog to dog in his quest for excitement. Don't know if there were any kiddie stories out like that at the time. :)

Linda Kage said...

No, I don't recall ever using movies like that to finish their story when I was younger; I waited until I was older. My earlier stories were totally bizarre and out there!!

But I thought your story idea with Katie had a good start.

Thanks for showing how you got started in writing.

jean hart stewart said...

Sounds very familiar, altho I guess I'm a little slow. Didn't write my first book until I was 13!
It was pretty bad, although the heroine was named Aurora and at the time I thought that was terribly original.

Molly Daniels said...

@Amber: I still have a head hopping habit at times.'s hard to break!

@Tina: "Dimples" Love it:)

@Linda: LOL:) By mid-May, my teacher was soooo sick of reading it, she asked me to please write something else! But I wasn't finished with it yet. Finally wrote something else during the last week of school, and used it two years later as a junior.

Jean: You must have watched Sleeping Beauty at the time:)

JacquƩline Roth said...

I've done fanfiction (which is what your story really was). It's an incredibly useful tool for teaching writing techniques. I use it with students so they can focus on one writing element at a time, i.e., dialogue, plotting, character development and finally world development. It was a hook for me several years ago when I first started writing again.

Molly Daniels said...

Just out of curiosity, Jae, was fan fiction around in 1980? Maybe I started a trend, lol:) I still say I SUCK at it.

And I see your point; it would be a good exercise in creative writing class:)

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