Several years ago, driving back home from visiting relatives in Las Vegas, I pulled out a yellow legal pad and began writing as my husband drove us back to Phoenix.
The next day, I sat down at the computer, pulled up a blank document, and typed in all six thousand words. I intended to get back to the story someday, but needed to focus on my work already in progress.
I didn’t give the story another thought until…
Fast forward to this morning.
Looking for something previously written to possibly rewrite into a short story for an anthology, I remembered the long-forgotten document.
And, now I sit here, crying my eyes out as I read the emotional story.
Will I use it for the short story project?
I now realize it has the potential for becoming “the book I always wanted to write.”
So, here is my point: Don’t throw out anything. I mean anything. Keep a file of stories… paragraphs…even sentences that you like. You never know when you’ll need them or when a situation will arise where you can use them.
Let yourself be inspired by your own writing. Be wowed by your own skill.
Just as plants germinate, so does the written word…
Looking for that perfect day to push through fertile soil and flourish!