I started writing my first novel, The Land Beyond the Portal, in 2003.
That was twelve years ago. I was fourteen years old.
My writing has changed a lot since the days I sat down with a ballpoint pen and notebook and began to write the story that wouldn't be seen by the reading public for another eight years. Just for fun, here are some pictures from that notebook. (Don't mind the terrible penmanship. Apparently it's a requirement for authors to have bad handwriting.)
Somehow through the joys of revisions, this chicken scratch turned into a novel. Weird.