Have you got folders full of old naff stories that you wrote ages / years ago?
Ever wondered what to do with them?
Don’t despair! Here at Blondewritemore we have the answer!
The author of this blog has hundreds of old stories that she has penned over the years, a few are ok, most are dreadful and some are really weird. She is not going to deprive others from getting pleasure out of this early writing work though…
Here are 5 ways you can turn your old story into a writing gift that will keep on giving:
1. Print out story, wrap with pretty colourful bow and proudly give to an uninterested loved one who has just finished their current bedtime book. Some ‘awkward’ loved ones may say things like “don’t be silly I am fine” or “no seriously I would rather go without a book at bedtime” – just ignore them and insist they accept your thoughtful writing gift. Sigh!
2. Print out story, wrap in colourful tissue paper, add bow, fancy tag etc and give to a good friend who needs cheering up. They may have been feeling a little blue recently but that is all about to change once you pull out your gift. Some ‘awkward’ friends may say things like “I thought I asked for Clarins stuff” or “are you serious?” – just ignore them and insist they accept your thoughtful gift.
3. Record yourself reading your old story aloud and send it to a friend who travels long distances a lot. You will have saved them buying an audio book – sigh! I am sure they will look upon rail or car journeys more favourably knowing they have some of your early writing work to listen to. Sigh!
4. Print out story, wrap in nice paper, add pretty bow and give to a friend in hospital. I am sure they will be grateful for some extra reading (no matter what it is) whilst confined to their hospital bed.
5. Make a note of wedding anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s celebs – all these require a gift and homemade gifts are so bang on trend these days. So get printing out that old story and turn it into something wonderful. I have a few friends who have birthdays coming up and I know they will cherish my homemade gift – sigh!
Points to remember:
- Go overboard on the wrapping / presentation as this will make up for the quality of your old story.
- Don’t bother asking for feedback, it’s a thoughtful gift / a writer freebie!
- Try to match your old drafts with loved ones and close friends reading tastes. That way it looks like you have really thought about your gift.
- When you are best selling famous author its your ‘early writing work’ that fans will be clamouring to get their hands on (and sell on EBay) – you are giving loved ones, family and friends an exclusive treat!
I am now busy printing off my old drafts now….as my loved one has informed me he is ‘in between books at bedtime’ – cue my writing gift!!! Now – the big question is whether he would prefer something paranormal or a chicklit based story – sigh!
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