Computer File Findings

Last night, my family went to bed early and I was about to do the same, but as I was lying in bed, I had an epiphany for how to end a short short story I’d written two years ago. I hadn’t thought about it in forever—and I have no idea what made me think of it last night—but I got out of bed and went to find it on my computer. As I was searching for it, I stumbled across a different short story I’d written three years ago. I barely remembered it, but I opened it up and thought it was surprisingly good! Anyway, it was only 2,000 words, so I opened up a new side-by-side window and rewrote it, changing the tenses and adding here and there. It still need some polishing, but hopefully I can work on it and then maybe try to submit it to a journal or for competition. It was so strange that I randomly found it, and a very happy surprise that my earlier works (even the ones I have almost no memory of!) are salvageable. I opened the one that I had been thinking of, and it’s not as good, but again, short and probably worth it to polish it up and see if I can make something of it. The lesson here—as I’ve heard over and over in any author interviews—is to write all the time. After all, as my favorite quote goes, you can’t edit a blank page.


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