Today I was thinking about my old stories, and how none of my teenage attempts survived- I do regret that.
When I started writing again in 1999 (after many years of not touching a keyboard of any sort) I began using a Brother Word Processor - much better than a typewriter as I could move words around and carry on without having to retype the whole page.
Recently I retrieved a number of my old floppy disks whilst I was sorting through some old boxes. They were from the time I got my first computer that was running XP.
(Fortunately I can still read them as I have a floppy disk drive that just plugs into a USB port.)
They didn't have any full length stories on them, but there were ideas, and on one a copy of the articles I wrote for a (now defunct) online magazine. I even became their 'Lifestyle correspondent'. :-)
Despite no stories on these disks, I know that I have another set somewhere in the house, including half of the first novel I tried to write- I got to 40,000 words. Along with these are all my printed pages, research notes and images.
No doubt they're all in a box somewhere in a cupboard probably behind other boxes. I didn't have my office area then, so they got packed away in one of our major move rounds...
Meanwhile I do have a couple of short stories that I need to do something with, and I do have those on my computer, plus on memory sticks, a disc, and there's also a printed copy - okay that's overkill, but I won't lose them completely like those earlier efforts in an unreadable language.
Looking back at my old writing is strange. I can see how much I still had to learn then, but also, there were glimmers of the writer I've become, and there were also the first hints of my 'voice'.
I'm still learning, and quite honestly it's important to do so...
Have you ever lost your early writing, or do you still have it?