How early did you begin #storytelling?

I’m leaving for holiday tomorrow, so I thought before I go that I’d share one more memory with you. While going through my Mum’s papers, I came across an old school exercise book of mine that she’d kept – I was astounded to find some early indications of where I would be going, decades later.

Note the chosen subject…


Now bear in mind, I was under 10 years old at this time (can’t recall exactly how old I was, but certainly in single figures.

And even more of a surprise to me was the story I discovered inside, as I don’t remember this at all! Obviously Scotland has been on my mind for a very, very long time…

Now clearly, I never quite finished the illustrations, which have never been my stronger point, but I am truly astounded to find this little gem, and see how far back my love of story telling (and Scotland!) began.

What are your earliest memories of writing your first stories? I thought mine dated back to 8 years old, when I began my first novel (Samantha, the Adventurous Poodle), but this predates even that. What a treasure to find, tucked away in Mum’s wardrobe.


  1. I wish I knew what happened to my old junior school books. I think I started writing historic fiction in Scripture lessons. I can still see the little half sized notebooks, one page plain, the opposite lined. After hearing a bible story we had to draw a picture and write a story, simple, no wonder it was my favourite lesson. The drawing was fun; flat roofed houses and stripey long clothes! Even back then I felt there was not enough character development in the Old Testament or in The Gospels, I think I enjoyed elaborating on the stories…

    1. Ah, another writer with clear need to make boring stories more interesting!

  2. I discovered something like this about a year ago. A pirate story I tried to write when I was six or seven. I loved drawing big scary scars on the pirates mean faces.

    Sammy the Snail is far more charming.

    Happy Trails!

    1. How fabulous! I loved illustrating my stories, but I eventually realised that skill was not my strong point!

  3. A winkle looks sort of like a snail. I’m glad the little girl was able to tell them apart.

    1. Me too, or it would have been a horror story! Clearly my first attempt at tension and possible conflict 😉

  4. Complete with illustrations! Excellent, Debbie.

  5. Oh Deb, how lovely this is and your illustrations make it. You already knew at eight years old that plans don’t always work out, but life has a way of sorting things. Have a lovely holiday and break away. ❤ I used to sit and write my Mum poems, on the stairs when I ought to have been asleep. I was six. I wrote a story about a fox, with powder paint illustrations, when I was nine. Gosh, you have sparked some memories with your lovely post. Hugs for you. ❤

  6. What a great find, Deborah. We moved around to much for my mom to have kept such things as school workbooks, but I can remember some poems I wrote in junior high school, and some I learned by heart too.

    1. We had the opposite – we only moved the once , and both my parents were hoarders, so there is an incredible amount of stuff to go through!

  7. Oh Deb, I loved this. Omg, it reminded me of a post I did with notes I’d found when I was very young. What a treasure! And you knew you wanted to write back then.You should edit and expand and make it into a children’s book? ❤ Oh, and happy travels! 🙂

    1. I have no recollection of this school book at all, so it was a huge surprise to discover I have carried on so many things I obviously started way back then 😀

      1. Food for thought. 🙂 xx

    1. Aw, thank you. It was a huge surprise to me, I really don’t remember it!

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