Polithia started in seventh grade. I had to write a fiction paper (basically a short story) in science class about gravity or some crap . . . (I'm not a science person, can you tell?) That's when I came up with the concept of warriors fighting to protect a planet. So, their first adventure was fighting a weird scientist dude.
From there, I began to work on the character designs and concepts, mapping out their looks, relationships, and personalities. Then, I began to work on the story.
I had the first book finished by the time I was in high school, but it was juvenile at best. The characters had developed as I had liked, but they weren't really distinguishable, and the writing was CRAP! But I had written it in middle school, so that's to be expected. So, throughout middle school, I filled in more about the characters, even the ones with the tiny bit parts, to make them more real, more like themselves. I worked on developing the world of Polithia, the belief systems, the pirpose of the warriors, until a couple of years ago when I hit the point where no more could fit in.
So . . . I decided to start drawing it out.
It's strange when I think about how far the characters have come . . . But I suppose it's not so far-fetched. As we grow, our ability to tell a story grows into something that can be believed and felt, and I hope that I can reach others with this story.