drafting set

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tv aesthetic → the office

I’m not superstitious, but… I am a little stitious.
Don't Set Your First Drafts on Fire

Don’t delete the word document.

And don’t throw away that notebook! 

It’s tempting, I know. I say this as someone who started writing in middle school, a story that involved, of all things, spirit animals that gave you superpowers. It was as gross as it sounds. But I was so into it that I typed them up and got them printed at Kinko’s. And you know what? I still have the notebooks they were originally written in, and I still have those Kinko’s copies. They’re cringy, and I hardly ever read them, but I still have them.

And I think it’s important that I do. Wanna know why? There’s a few reasons.

It’s important to remember where you started. If you lose sight of that, how will you know where you want to go in the future? I’ve got vivid memories of asking my parents to unlock our desktop so I could spend hours typing up the chapters I had scrawled that day at school. And because I remember this, I know just how badly I want to see my stories go from silly notebook scrawls to published work.

On that note, it’s nice to see yourself improve. On the occasion that you feel badly about your writing skills, or you’re feeling nostalgic, having those old drafts to look back on can be really valuable. 

If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? You shouldn’t beat up a younger you for not being as experienced as present day you. I know my middle school writer self had fun writing those stories, even if they did involve magic and souls and spirit animals.

Maybe it’ll take you a while to accept your earlier rough drafts, and that’s okay. I’m still trying to adopt this positive mentality myself. We can all try together, huh?

Hey! If there’s something you want to see me post about, you want to ask about my writing, or you just want to say hi, feel free to send me an ask! I’d love to hear from you.