Time Traveling Through Your Old Stories

Last night I was snowed in and bored here in the Northeast. I thought it would be entertaining to read a book that I haven’t touched in years. I settled on my fantasy story Euphoria that I finished back in 2012, when I was 18. Back then, it was my only story that didn’t receive good reviews. I couldn’t figure out why. I created a whole different world and had a main character that was vastly different from anyone else I’d seen. 

Now, after finishing my writing degree, I caught on to every mistake, every repeated word, every time I told instead of showed. In a way it was completely embarrassing. People had to sit through and suffer through chapters of repetitive facts, info dumps, and my main character, Violet, who had to tell readers multiple times that yes, she was smaller than everyone else. 

I guess the main point of this is that we shouldn’t feel ashamed of our own stories,and we shouldn’t be scared to go back and read them (a problem that I’ve always had). Our old stories show how much we’ve grown as authors. They’re part of our journey to achieve whatever it is we want to do in the writing world. Back in the day, I was extremely proud of Euphoria, And I still am. 

Of course, now reading it had inspired me to go back and update all my old books, but that’s a project for another time. 

The Learning Experiece of Failed Stories

I was chatting with my friends last night about Euphoria, my least popular story. This book was written when I was 18; so far my only fantasy novel. 

From the start I recovered not so good feedback from my fellow Wattpaders. I was surprised that someone like myself, who wrote such good things, was receiving such negative feedback. 

I went back and edited, trying my best to answer the requests of my readers. Still, no luck. After almost 3 years, Euphoria has little reads. 

Sometimes this happens with our works. The best is yet to come, and sometimes the worst does actually happen. In our heads it works out, but as soon as we tell others around us, we get weird looks and silly laughs. 

I noticed that people have difficulties giving up on their stories–I still do. But I’ve come to realize that when I story is beyond repair, it’s a waste of time and energy to keep tinkering with it. 

To this day I still think there is SOME WAY I could change Euphoria so that it made sense. But then I remember that I’m in college and have a new job. 

So, those stories you gave up on or that are too much work to ever fix–don’t worry about it. Take what you’ve learned and use it to further your skills. (I learned that fantasy isn’t my thing.) Everything we write is a learning experience.