I’ve been holed up in my house writing and working for a few weeks now. I haven’t gone out much and I’m behind on my errands. We’re expecting a major snowstorm today and so I decided to run to the post office to mail a long overdue book prize to a holiday blog winner.
I figured with everyone running to get bread, milk and eggs, the post office would be empty. Nope, it was packed. Apparently, if you already have the ingredients for French toast, you need to mail packages prior to the blizzard. As I was waiting in line for my turn, I noticed this:
And, since the line moved very slowly, I had time to think. The stamps were a mistake that became a collector’s item. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a tourist destination. How many other mistakes have been made into something fortuitous, and can we, as writers, do that with our writing?
If you’re like me, you have files of “extra” writing that didn’t work the first or second time around, but that you’re loathe to get rid of completely. Or you have a character that you thought you liked but who turned into someone not quite right for the story you’re working on currently. Do you save them or do you delete them? Have you thought of using them in the future?
What if we transformed our mistakes into future opportunities?