L is for Looking Back – #AtoZChallenge

I’m going to step away from literary devices for “L.”  Why?  Because litotes seem very similar to hyperbole and kennings with only a slight difference.  Litotes is a figure of speech by using double negatives.  Yeah…so, it’s ‘not too bad’ is par for the course for this particular literary device.  ‘She was not unhappy’ is another example of litotes.  I’ll leave it alone because it’s well unhappily messy. (Uughh.)

My “L” choice is looking back at things that shaped and formed you and brought you, and the writer you are today…here.  What are the formative stories that you penned in those early days?  Do you know where they are?  Do have your writing group’s critique still from those early works?  Have you done anything at all with your initial creative expressions?  If not, why not?  Sometimes the why is so much more important than anything else.

Looking back is an excellent way of finding out how far you’ve progressed over a specific period of time.  Say you go to the earliest emails in your inbox and just start reading.  I bet you’ll gain a better understanding of who you were at that time and what you were about.  As a writer, circumspection is part of what we do.  Our characters are, at times, reflections of our id, specters of our shadow selves.  That’s what makes writers with dirty dark-ish pasts write really good yarns.

On this Throwback Thursday (when I write this), I ask you to march into your Friday Feeling with some nostalgia and bring back a piece of your writer’s time capsule and see if you can re-discover a gem, or two of your own.

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  1. April 13, 2017

    Your challenge to look back is timely for me. My L post looks back a long way.

  2. April 15, 2017

    As you say, looking back is a great way to see how far you’ve come. I bet those of us who write would be proud of our progress.

    BTW, my favorite litotes is from Martin Luther KIng’s “I Have a Dream” speech–“I am not unmindful…” I’ve always loved the rhythm of that phrase.

    Hope you’re feeling well!

  3. April 16, 2017

    You have raised some very interesting questions… looking back, I really don’t know many of the Why’s!
    (PS: what a lovely song collection 🙂 I actually feel, a lot of the music of those days was quite awesome, and worth looking back at 🙂 )

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