Friday 21 December 2018

My Latest Project

See this chunky blue folder? This is my latest project. 

It's full of my teenage writing. I've been carrying it around with me for years, and until a few weeks ago it sat in the laundry cupboard, forgotten. But when we went through the clutter, I decided to keep it out.

It's time to sort through the contents. It's also time to scan what's inside, so I can have a digital copy of everything. This folder contains depressing poems, tragic short stories, a cheesy horror script, horror shorts + novellas, writing plans, idea scraps & a LOT of unfinished stories. It also features a bunch of bad grammar and some pretty awful spelling. 😂

These handwritten and typewritten pages are the foundation of my writing. Before computers, I either wrote everything on notebook paper, or used a typewriter. This is where I started turning the pesky tales weaving inside my young head into actual stories on paper. Without these corny, badly written and weird stories, I wouldn't be where I am today in my storytelling.

I find a lot of writing advice to be take it or leave it, but the one about the more you write the better you'll get, THAT one is true. Just like your body, you have to exercise your writing muscles and you have to start somewhere. 

And THIS is where I started.

Scanning all of these pieces of paper is going to be tedious and time-consuming. It's not going to be fun or exciting, but it is cool to see some of the stuff. Some I don't even remember writing, LOL. And other pieces make me cringe, or laugh. 

No matter what, I'm proud of every little piece I've written and want to document it. Not to mention that some of the paper looked just about ready to disintegrate.

Unfortunately, there's some paper that I had to scan and throw away. Others are still in good condition and as I scan, I'm going to put them in plastic sleeves, and then airtight bags. It's the only way to store and keep them from browning, etc. But like I said, some has to go, so having a scanned copy is the perfect way to preserve all those words. 😁

I've managed to get quite a bit done already, but have HEAPS more to go. That's okay. However long it takes is fine with me. I'm hoping to be done by the end of the year, but that's a bit ambitious.

The time it takes isn't an issue. What's important is getting every bit of paper scanned and added to my Archived Writing Files. 

So, that's what's consuming my brain at the moment. Guess I still have the spring cleaning bug. 😬

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