Re-reading My Work: What It’s Like to Visit All My Previous Projects

I’ve been writing for awhile now. My mom has some of my really old notebooks, way back in the days when I did more scribbling than actual writing. I really started to take it seriously in 2014, and there have been a large variety of writing projects since then – novels, poems, short stories, scripts, articles.

Occasionally, I’ve gone back to read my early work, mostly to see how I’ve grown and changed as a writer. It’s both fun and painful to read the things I wrote before I really developed my writing voice or had a sense for good story. The further back I go, the more I cringe at how much confidence I had in my lack of skill. Ironically, the more I develop my voice and skill, the more I doubt myself. Maybe it’d be easier to go back to when I had all the confidence because I didn’t know any better.

What I am grateful for is that I can really see how much I’ve grown. I’m nowhere near the end of my journey as a writing, but I thought it’d be fun to look back at some of my earliest work and show you guys a little bit of how I feel when I revisit my early pieces.


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