I Was 7 When I Wrote My First Book (it wasn’t good)

Illustration of a book in the pocket of someone's coat. A pale hand is reaching for the novel and around it, from within the pocket, are flowers and vines.

I was seven when I wrote Standing in the Night: a four-page catastrophe, riddled with spelling errors and based heavily on a TV show my parents were watching at the time.

Unsurprisingly, it’s not good.

But despite its (many) flaws, it will always be a masterpiece to me. It marked the beginning of my deep-rooted love for writing and has the sort of charm that can only really be created by a seven-year-old with high ambitions, and a stomach filled with cupcake icing.

Writing has been a major part of my life since that moment. While my friends played make-believe at school, I was hunkered down with pencils and paper – writing myself worlds to live in and drafting dreadful poetry. They’d go home to play with dolls while I read books; and would spend their time dreaming about being veterinarians, doctors, and superstars whereas I had my eyes set on one thing: writing.

Like most people, I had a diary growing up. The kind I’d hide under my bed as though it contained Top-Secret-Stuff and fill with blasé entries that encapsulated what I deemed important. Namely, my love for cats and my dislike of sunburns. I’d write religiously for several days and then give it up (or forget about it) until something monumental came along that I just had to document.

Since 2017, I’ve been writing in my journal every day. It’s become a comfort; a salve when I’ve needed it, a distraction when I’ve wanted one, and a great way to win arguments. (Seriously.) (When a disagreement breaks out beneath our roof about who said what or who should have done whatever, I turn to the index pages of my journal and track down the answer.)

Now, I’ve decided to start this blog. I’m not quite sure what it’ll turn into, but I think there’s something magical about not knowing.

Thank you for coming along for the ride.

P.S More writing and more about me.
(Art by Celeste Berlier.)


  1. […] while I was thinking about these annual goals (write and complete the novel that’s taken over my every thought, start my degree, read 110 books, etc, […]

  2. Well done on moving into the bloggershere. Your writing is a gift. Love your short story t telling ability. You go rock em gal.

    1. Thank you so much, Rose!
      Your vote of confidence means so much to me.

  3. […] out of high school, still clinging to the graces of childhood but very eager to learn and grow, my first steps toward Work Life also signified approaching the […]

  4. Well done Storm..so proud of you

    1. Thank you for stopping by!
      I hope you continue to enjoy the posts.

  5. It is wonderful to know I have a companion who feels the same. Discovering ourselves in the storms of life!

    1. Honoured to be sitting in the same self-navigating boat with you, Ellie!
      Thank you so much for visiting.

  6. The Big Positive Guy

    “As I gaze out into the distance I see a storm on the horizon, and I saw that it was good, so I rested.”

    Any good, huh, tell me there is hope?

    Oh well, I’ll just join the thousands of others that will be following you.

    Looking forward to our next serving.


    1. So much hope, Andre!
      Thank you so, so, so much for visiting, for supporting and encouraging me – constantly.
      I’m incredibly grateful that I’ve got The BPG at my side, gazing into the distance with me.

  7. Well done on this exciting new chapter! It has been a privilege to see you grow over the last year and I look forward to following your journey 🙂

  8. Well done Storm, I really enjoyed your first post! Congratulations on taking this leap – keep it up – you have a gift for writing! I think you’re going to go places!

    1. Thank you so much for the vote of confidence, Lorraine!
      I’m feeling extremely grateful for the support and so thankful I’ve got lovely people like yourself visiting this little blog of mine.

  9. Well done for taking the plunge Storm. When I read your blog I ‘feel’ you which is how you connect with others.
    Im looking forward to receiving your future posts.

    1. Hi Linda, thank you for the kind words!
      My seven-year-old self would be overjoyed that my writing has made you feel something – anything – and my eighteen-year-old self is just as happy.
      I really appreciate you visiting, commenting and subscribing.

  10. Amazing. Well done Storm. Watching out for your next post with great anticipation. Ps: great headline.

    1. Thank you so much, Elizna! I really appreciate you visting my blog, and leaving such a supportive comment.
      Haha! The headline is just fact: an awful book I’m incredibly proud of.
      I hope you’ll stop by again on Friday when the next post goes live – have a wonderful evening (and thank you again!).

  11. I have always been impressed by your maturity and your ability to set a goal and to go for it – well done on the next step…….EXCITING STUFF!!
    Alison Deary recently posted…MOM Diary offers 5 tips to setting Goals in your life that can be used with your MOM or WOW Diary.

    1. Thank you, Alison! It definitely IS exciting (despite it being a plunge I was hesitant, and nervous, to take).
      I’m feeling so thankful for all the support – and so grateful you popped over on launch day.
      Thank, you, thank you, thank you!

  12. Congratulations! Loved it and am looking forward to your next one! Xxx

    1. Thank you SO much!!
      I really appreciate you stopping by.
      All my love to you and the family.

  13. Waiting with bated breath. Standing in the Night was great and is captured in a piece of art which has been sold to persons unknown so could be anywhere in the world

    1. So honoured to have the title included in your art.
      Thank you for stopping by – and for always supporting me.

  14. Fantastic first Blog.. Waiting eagerly for your next..

    1. Thank you for stopping by Janine, and for following.
      I really appreciate it!

  15. So exciting, but the cliff hanger? When can we expect the next post?

    1. Hello and thank you for stopping by!
      The next post will be going live on Friday.

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