What do you think when you come across old things you've written?

@megamatt (14327)
United States
October 14, 2010 9:21am CST
I am torn between amused and mortified with my writing. There were some things that I wrote years and years ago, that while they seemed like a good idea at the time, they are not that good now. Sometimes I laugh at it, but other times, I want to destroy all copies. What do you think when you have found something that you have written years and years ago?
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
15 Oct 10
Hello, Megamatt. Like you, there's a mix of amusement and 'Did I really write that?' However, I console myself with the fact that writers grow, and our writing improves with our experience of life. As we get older, we have more to put into our writing, and the simple fact of just writing on a daily basis is going to be an improving exercise. I'm really happy with my writing now, and, as I earn well from it, and get a lot of positive feedback, I suppose other people must be happy with it as well.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
18 Oct 10
A distinct amount of evolution is going to be obvious over the years. I'm sure if I put something together from every couple of years, it would be interesting to monitoring the changes. I'm glad though that my writing has changed for the better for sure. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
15 Oct 10
I am always in awe with the ideas that I write about days or even years ago. I would then start to think- was that really me who wrote such? Sometimes there are technical flaws such as grammatical error, but primarily the whole concept of my writings surprises me all the time.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
18 Oct 10
It is a study in many ways. To compare what we thought in those days, to what we are thinking now. It is like a different person in many ways, but there are hints of what is to come. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
14 Oct 10
Hi megamatt, That is very true and I guess it just goes to show how we are evolving with the new ideas and technology that are all around us today. I don't want to destroy any copies of what I've written because that's the way I thought at the time. We are constantly changing and even five years from now we may smile at what we are writing today. Blessings.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
15 Oct 10
I doubt I'm going to really destroy anything ever. Still there are times where I look at something that horrifies me so much that I almost want to. So yeah. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@Catana (736)
• United States
14 Oct 10
I've always written well, but I can see how much I've improved since writing something years ago. There's always room to learn and improve, so it doesn't bother me that something I wrote a long time ago isn't as good as what I'm currently writing. What's interesting is that sometimes I don't even remember I wrote it. I can look at an article or a journal entry and it's as if someone else wrote it.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
14 Oct 10
Room for improvement is always a good attitude to take. Look at it this way. Today's writing its writing that will be considered to be old years from now. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@sjhaeki (798)
• Philippines
14 Oct 10
i actually experienced this. when i went over it again, i was laughing to myself and i can say that i had somehow improved on my writing style. before, it seems my short stories are fully influenced by anime. now, well sometimes i get ideas from anime still but i mixed it up with my own ideas. it was refreshing, but i'm not sure if i kept it or threw it away. XD
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
14 Oct 10
Yeah a lot of what I write is influenced about whatever I am into at the time. There are even ideas that subconsciously find their way to the back of my head, ready to be used at a future point in time. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@marguicha (102004)
• Chile
14 Oct 10
Besides the natural editing, I am always amazed that I´m basically the same person I was so many years ago. I am a writer in my own language but I don´t write because I want to make something beautiful (at least at the begining). I write because I have to. I feel that there are things inside me that need to come out or else I´d busrt. Many times I start writing something and the characters take hold of the story and tell their own stories in their own way. Then, after I let it down for a while, I read what it´s written and begin to understand why that was written and I begin to rewrite it and clean it. Some people say I write well, I say I write. I haven´t even destroyed the pitiful diaries I wrote when I was 10 years old. I don´t read them but I still remember the hate I could only write there. I truly believe that words help me take command of myself and change raw feelings into complex and more rational thoughts.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
14 Oct 10
Yeah context is very important a lot of the time. There are certain things that are written in a certain time of my life. Some of it really can be rather intriguing a lot of the times and sometimes it just tells me a lot of how certain things move. Writing does have a life of its own. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
14 Oct 10
I like to look at things that i have written in the past. This can trigger some wonderful memories. Sometimes this will make me think of something else to write.It can be like finding lost treasure.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
14 Oct 10
Very true, there can be some interesting things. Not all of the things are all that bad all things considered. Perhaps a bit unpolished and when standing up to things today, they can look a little bad. However in the grand scheme of things, they are not that bad. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@maean_19 (4662)
• Philippines
14 Oct 10
When I see my writings, I am surprised that I have wrote them. I come to remember and recall when I made them. There are times that I have to laugh. But most of the time, I find myself editing them or revising them. But it is really a nice feeling and realizing that I have wrote many.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
14 Oct 10
It is just shocking to come across a lot of that old things. It just shows how my writing has evolved and anyone who has been writing for any number of time, can see that. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
14 Oct 10
I wish I could say that everything I have ever written was so good it deserves to be preserved forever. Not a chance. The problem in today's world is that you cannot destroy something once it has reached the Internet. In earlier times, you could find the manuscript and any copies you might have made and get rid of them.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
14 Oct 10
Yeah that is a drawback about the Internet. There are many things that seem like a good idea at the time. However is not. Even if you have the ability to delete them, it is very likely that there is someone, somewhere who might have saved a copy for their own reasons. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@sus020 (43)
• United States
15 Oct 10
I feel the same way that u do but most times I think what the heck was I thinking when I wrote it cant beleave some of the stuff I wrote Years and years ago!
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
15 Oct 10
It is amazing sometimes. It really makes me both amused and horrified. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@sus020 (43)
• United States
16 Oct 10
Ya it is and your Welcome my husband finds all my stuff Amusing LOL so I have to hide it all!
@zapatee (477)
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
you said it, megamatt "amused and mortified", lol. but often i just keep them coz most carry some special memories like some old cards i received when i was younger. plus, it gives me some ideas about the changes i've gone through when i get to read the old ones and compare them with my new ones. i still find it amusing tough, lol.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
18 Oct 10
Yeah, memories are a wonderful thing. Although some of them, it would be better off not thinking about it. Still a part of how we lived our lives for sure. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
18 Oct 10
haha!! I love it when I dig some of the old stuffs I have written. Especially the ones from when I was a little kid. They always give me a good laughing spell.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
18 Oct 10
It does lead to some level of amusement. That is very true. Of course, when I was a small child, its not as horrifying. Some of my teenage scribblings on the other hand, yeah those can be a bit more haunting. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• United States
16 Oct 10
Yeah, some of the things I wrote I've locked in a safe and hope they never see the light of day again. But I just don't want to throw them away because as bad as they are... I'm glad I wrote them. They helped me to learn, to grow, to change, to get better. If I'd never written them I'd either still be writing that bad or I wouldn't be writing at all. Lately though, whenever I stumble across old writing I feel much better about them. Not super-great-I'm-gonna-write-the-query-right-now, but I feel like I've really come a long way and I am doing better. Maybe it's just that not enough time is past. lol
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
18 Oct 10
Yes it is a learning experience in many ways. It is the same for all mistakes in life. Yeah, its horrifying, but much like all mistakes in life, I really could not get where I am today without what I wrote in earlier times. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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• China
15 Oct 10
reading and thinking.and most of time, I just get memories from these articles.Very nice.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
15 Oct 10
Yeah there can be some interesting memories for sure. Both the good and the bad indeed. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
14 Oct 10
i have kept all the notebooks that i write notes in for writing and have loved to look through them at different times. it shows me how much i have grown as a writer.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
14 Oct 10
It is interesting to see how writing has changed over the years. Very true, very true indeed, it is quite intriguing to see how I gone from then to now. Over time, its much easier to see how I've changed my style over the years. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
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