6 stories I wrote as a kid // early writings tag

Top Ten Tuesday is on break until August, so instead I’m borrowing a tag that Abbiee created last week because I thought it was a really great idea, and a good way to get into the mood for Camp NaNoWriMo. So today I’m going to be talking about my 6 earliest writing creations and what I learned from them. I tried to find them all so I could put some excerpts, but most of the early ones are missing. I think they’re hidden away on FEPO, the old-as-dirt computer I had as a kid that is currently hanging out in my parents’ basement.
(FEPO = For Emily’s Purpose Only)

1. The Unexpected

As far as I remember, this was the first story I ever wrote. I have no idea how old I was. Maybe between 8 and 10? I typed it by myself in Microsoft Word on my mom’s computer (it was before I had FEPO). But I used this really awful purple/blue background.

I’m not sure if I finished it or what exactly happened in the plot, but it was about a group of friends that meet a ghost. And the ghost warns them about all these other evil spirits that are about to come for them. Two of the girls were named Clair and Cloey.

I was really proud of myself. I even think I let people read it? I mostly just liked the title, though. I thought I was really clever, even though I’m still not sure what was unexpected.

Things I learned:

  • Don’t write on busy backgrounds. It’s obnoxious.
  • Cloey is normally spelled Chloe.
  • Clair is normally spelled Claire.  🙄
  • Sometimes all you’ve got is a good title.

2. The Purple Jaguar

This was also before FEPO and I think it was around the same time as The Unexpected, but I remember writing most of it on my sister’s computer. I’m not sure why I made the switch.

This one…was actually kind of a Charmed fanfiction. Yeah. My first and only fanfiction.

“The Purple Jaguar” was the name of a restaurant or something. I don’t think I got very far in it because I abandoned the project to work on Moonlight. But I incorporated some of the characters into a few scenes.

Things I learned:

  • I’m not good at fanfiction
  • I’m also not good at naming places.

3. Moonlight

This was the first story I ever finished! Woohoo!

I switched back to my mom’s desktop to write this one (I guess my sister’s wasn’t working out for me). It was very fantasy and about a unicorn named Moonlight. There was maybe a girl riding a unicorn, or maybe just a unicorn…I’m not sure. Either way, they were trying to get to the palace. I’m not sure why.

All I really remember was using the typeface Vivaldi for the title and asking my dad a synonym for big and then going with gigantic after not knowing how to spell humongous.

Things I learned:

  • I love unicorns. They are underappreciated.
  • Motives are important.
  • Synonyms are usually worse than the original word choice.
  • It feels really, really good to finish the first draft.

 4. Underneath the Porcelain

I’m kind of upset that I don’t have this one anymore because I could maybe turn it into something worthwhile now that I have a better grasp on how to put words into coherent sentences. I want to say that FEPO was around for this one because I think I wrote it in my own bedroom. I was probably 10-11 by this point.

This was actually science fiction and set in a futuristic dystopia (before I had any idea what that was). It was legit about porcelain dolls coming to life and taking over the world, and this group of survivors that I think were slaves that were forced to march places and do manual labor wherever the main ruler (who was human) wanted them.

It was a bit terrifying. There was one scene where the MC is locked in an old supermarket at night and the porcelain doll is coming after her. It was really fun to write.

BUT THERE’S A TWIST. The MC discovers that the ruler or whatever has been putting a special secret substance into the porcelain and making the dolls come to life so she can control them. And then I think the MC kills her.

This was another title I really liked at the time, but I asked my mom what she thought about it and she told me that it made her think of toilets…so now that’s all I can think about.

Things I learned:

  • Maybe don’t have your title invoke thoughts of toilets in your reader…unless that’s what you’re going for.
  • I like writing thrillers/horror.
  • I liked dystopia before it was cool.

5. The Almost Forever trilogy

Ah, the magnum opus of my juvenilia.

This took a long time to finish, I think most of 6th and 7th grade. And I still have all three! It was originally just a standalone, but I enjoyed writing it so much that I wrote two sequels. Even though literally all of it is crap and will never be read by other humans unless it’s at a comedy show.

Word Count
Almost Forever —  24,018
Almost Forever 2: Forever Falling —  28,847
Almost Forgotten —  42,839

It was about a girl named Jenna (based on my bff) who is stranded alone on an island after her mother is eaten by crocodiles. Then she befriends a fox. They live off the berries on the island, and a lot of weird things happen. She starts to understand the fox (named Echo), who then dies, and then she adopts the fox’s son, Shadow, who she can speak to. And she’s kidnapped by pirates and there’s a mermaid and then she falls into a pit of nothingness. People come to rescue her at the end, but they’re too late: the berries that she’s been eating have low doses of poison that causes hallucinations and eventually death. Shadow survives, though.

It was based heavily on Peter Pan and written very poorly. Mostly dialogue and caps lock. With bold for emphasis. And some paragraphs that just repeat the same word over and over.

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In the sequels, more people come to the island and find other foxes (Hero and Meadow, who have special powers). There are aliens in the last one.

And my pen name was M. C. Fox:

Things I learned:

  • Caps lock should be used sparingly, and bold not at all.
  • Don’t rip off timeless classics.
  • At least change the names of your characters from their real-life counterparts.
  • I apparently like to write twists.
  • I need a better pen name. Or none at all.
  • It’s a little weird to dedicate a book to your dog.
  • You can write 95,000+ words of something and it still be crap.

6. Eight Minutes

I switched from writing fiction to poetry in high school, with the exception of this short story. I actually posted the chapters on my MySpace blog (yes I’m old) and some of my friends actually read it. (If you’re one of them, I’m sorry. I promise I’m a better writer now.)

It’s about Earth’s last eight minutes of sunlight. It follows a couple, Rachel and Evan, and alternates between the past and the present. Rachel and Evan alternate as first-person narrators. We learn a lot about their childhoods and their relationship. There’s a lot of creepy singing of “You Are My Sunshine.” And in the end, Rachel has a mental breakdown and forces Evan to kill her.

Things I learned:

  • Flashbacks are my jam. I’ve used them in every WIP since.
  • You can’t write science fiction without science.
  • I hate alternating 1st-person narration.
  • I’ve always written creepy things.

currently listening to // Sun by Sleeping at Last


Super big thanks to Abbiee for creating this tag!
(I’m gonna skip tagging specific people but count yourself tagged if you’re reading!)
Tell me: What is the worst thing you’ve ever written? Were you one for creepy stories, or twists, or flashbacks? What did you learn from your early writings?



  1. Amanda
    July 5, 2017

    This was EPIC!! (My dog fell asleep on my arm so typing this is super hard but whatevs lol) I loved the Underneath the Porcelain but your mom thought it was a toilet 😂😂😂 and now I can’t think of anything but toilets anymore.

    Actually, the section from “Eight Minutes” GAVE ME CHILLS. :O “You Are My Sunshine” is SO EASY to sing really creepily.

    Loved this!! Such a fun tag. And I subscribed to your blog!! <3

    1. Emily Seals
      July 5, 2017

      Thanks, Amanda! It was so much fun to remember all these. Still not over the toilets. 😂

      Let me know if you do this too!

    2. Emily Seals
      July 5, 2017

      I just remembered that you DID do this tag already and I loved it. Don’t mind me. 😅

  2. Abbiee
    August 4, 2017

    WHAT THE HECK THAT PORCELAIN DOLL STORY IS SO CREEPY OMG SKJLASJDAKLSJ *cries into a pillow* I get you though…I have this strange attraction to writing something scary??? Plotting a ghost story so we’ll see how that turns out I suppose… *nervous laughter* And dude that Eight Minutes story is ACTUALLY A REALLY FREAKING COOL IDEA !! But wow yes lots of creepy singing… O_O hahahaha. AND I AGREE 10000% UNICORNS ARE VERY UNDERAPPRECIATED.

    Thank you for doing this tag!! I LOVED READING ABOUT YOUR EARLY WRITINGS EEEP 🙂
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      August 4, 2017

      Thank you! I apparently favored creepy stories as a kid. (maybe still do?) XD
      Good luck with your ghost-story plotting!


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