I was looking through some old folders this week, and I came across a short story I wrote in 2004. It was simply entitled My First Attempt At A Short Story (I didn’t know about capitalisation rules for title case at the time). I remember writing it, and I thought it was pretty great at the time. However, I’ve… revised my opinion a bit now.
I love that I’ve still got it though, because it reminds me how much I’ve learned about the craft of writing in recent years. I’ve decided to share it here, exactly as it was originally presented. That means single spacing, text in bold, and all typos present and accounted for.
It’s easy to be ashamed of our creations when they don’t hit the mark, but mistakes are essential. We learn from them and grow, and when we look back at them we can often see how far we’ve come. I want this post to inspire you to keep what you’re working on. I hope you find success with it, but even if you don’t, hopefully you can look back at it as an essential stepping stone to better things in years to come.
Have you ever come across some of your old writing? Was it better than you expected, or could you just see all the things you’d do differently now? Comment below or email me to let me know!