It’s Wednesday! Besides hump day, it’s the day that I begin a monthly blog hop with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Just one blog a month, on the first Wednesday of the month. Surely I can do this!
Today’s question: What happened to your first pieces of writing?
I recently found a three-ring binder with my writing from a college creative writing class. I was a freshman and many entries weren’t very good. In fact, I remember that I didn’t get to spend much time on the various projects the professor assigned because I was working 25-30 hours per week, work-study, to help pay for my tuition.
One of the assignments was to keep a journal and we’d turn in the top 20 or so entries as part of our final exam. Some of the entries were done throughout the semester, but I didn’t have enough to submit at the end, so I wrote about 10 of them the weekend before I had to turn them in. Returning to reading those entries reminded me of several of the blog hops that I’ve taken part in.
I’ve done the Blogging A to Z Challenge several times and have really enjoyed it. However, I like some of my posts better than others, because some days my ideas and writing were just better than other days. Tapping into my creativity in college to write 10 entries at one sitting was hard! And, I found that some were interesting and some were not worth the paper and typewriter ink they were printed on. (That technology reference should give you an idea of what age I was in college!)
I find the same is true in my writing today. There are blog posts that were inspired by a real-life incident or a photo that I took. Those tend to be of higher quality. There are also those that were written quickly and had more to do with what letter of the alphabet they corresponded to, than what inspired me. I’ve often thought about going back and deleting the “bad” ones, so I am only showcasing the ones that I feel are a better representation of my writing. I then realize that all of those posts, good or bad, are accurate. That writing ebbs and flows like creativity and that it’s part of the whole process. So, for now, I’ve decided to leave all of my blog posts. They are a part of my writing journey, wherever that may take me. No writing is wasted, right?!