Bio: GHOSTS OF THE PAST 4 Days Ago Have you ever opened up some of your long forgotten poems, short stories or novels? Painful right? The document is probably littered with vague pronoun references, unnecessary shifts in tense and fused sentences. Even worse, there are sections of the story that don’t contribute to the plot, insignificant characters and mawkishly sentimental underlying messages. If you’re like me, the first thing you do is plant your face in your hands (a.k.a. the “Face-palm”) and try not to cry. Afterwards, you stare at the Delete button, tempted to obliterate all proof that this story or poem was once yours. Finally, after waging a war with your conscience, you decide to live and let live, leaving the document alone, but lamenting about how terrible your writing once was. But wait, that’s not fair. Your old work shouldn’t be some dark secret that needs to be hidden from the world. It should be a testimony of what you’ve accomplished. Not only did the “old you” put a lot of effort into that story, but the work is a reminder of who you as a writer once inspired to be. It’s a roadmap of your writing life. Sometimes, we as writers are very hard on ourselves. We have to be because we’re constantly pursuing perfection. However, we forget that we didn’t just learn how to write overnight. There wasn’t some magical gift bestowed upon us by a divine being. No, we had to start somewhere and work at it, and those old documents are a symbol of that. For me, once the shock wears off of how bad my writing once was, I realize how beautiful these works really are. Because behind the jungle of grammatical errors and turbulent plot hooks is a vision I once had. I see Justin Alcala, the writer who wanted to give readers a little scare with his horror stories. I see Justin Alcala, the yarn spinner who wanted to give a fresh perspective on legends and folklore. I see Justin Alcala, the young man who wanted to make people happy by telling great stories. All too often, we authors get swept away by the power that comes with having your works published. I know I get a real kick out of talking to my publisher about cover art or sending new ideas to my editor. It’s fun to put your work onto bookshelves. But we can’t forget about the fundamentals. We need to remind ourselves why we started writing in the first place, and those old tales are just the thing. So the next time your dusting off an old manuscript, remember what those pages really mean. The words may tell a bad story, but the history of its creation is its own sort of autobiography.
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Thanks, Justin for following my blog and especially for leading me to yours. I look forward to reading more of your writing 🙂
Hi Justin, thanks for finding and following my blog! SD
Hey Justin!! Thanks for liking my post. :;)
Hi Justin – Thanks for wanting to follow the odds and ends on my blog 🙂 I love your header image BTW…..
I can’t wait to follow more. Keep writing for us!
Hello Justin! Thanks for following my blod! 😀 And i’m glad it led me to yours ^_^
It’s great to connect with a blogger like yourself. Keep writing for us!
Hi, Justin. Thank you for following my blog, http://multimediameditations.com/. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. You really capture what it means to be a writer. And, you’re right. Although awkward or even bad, our earlier works are a testament to what we have accomplished. Also, some of our older works might provide us with ideas for stories. There’s always the rewrite. 🙂
Great to hear. My philosophy, keep on typing the stories and let the publishers figure the rest out! Can’t wait to hear more from you.
Aww, thanks so much for the kind words brooklogun.
Thanks for following my blog, Justin 🙂
Thank you for following my blog, been poking around yours and very interested in what I see. Eager to read more.
Thank you for visiting my blog!!
Wow Justin, with an “about” page like this I know following your blog is a must. This was an amazing read.
Looking forward to your writing…your blog looks like it might just join my fav list.
Thanks for the “drop by” 🙂
Thank you so much Awkward Me. Looking forward to reading more on your blog site as well.
Thank you for dropping by my blog (Converse with Kurti)! I look forward to sampling more of your work. Best, Piyali.
Hi, Justin — Thank you for following WordBowlbyMsCharlieS.com (hope to see a “word” from you!) and thank you for introducing me to your well-considered thoughts on the creation process. Congratulations on the upcoming release of CONSUMED! Look forward to reading more…
Thank you! I love your site. Keep up the great work!
Thanks for stopping in at The Brass Rag. Come back and see us often.
I love stumbling across my old notebooks and reading my snippets of stories. Though they might be badly written, often the ideas are worth keeping.
Glad to hear someone else does this geralynwichers, and thanks for visiting the blog!
Thanks for these words. It’s easy to fall into self-criticism about those old works (and some that aren’t so old). And thanks for the follow!
Thank you mmwelch! I can’t wait to read more of your blog.
thank you for following my blog! I am glad that you like it 🙂 what an interesting blog you have! for sure will be back here 🙂
I enjoyed reading your about page and your thoughts on the old, dusty manuscripts. I have done the “hand-face” a lot before, but rarely (if ever) have I trashed the stories. The next time I read them, I will look to what I have learned and improved on – not how I sucked!
I’m so happy you stopped by and decided to follow my blog 🙂
I’m so glad to hear that you’re glad you stopped by the blog. I can’t wait for you to come by again.
Thanks for the kind words!
HI Justin! Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs (http://smilekiddo.wordpress.com) – I really appreciate it! Good luck to you as you continue pursuing your writing.
Hi Justin. Thanks for following my blog. I’m really glad it led me to yours 🙂
I’m in the initial stages of writing (sometimes I seriously doubt that!) and it really felt great after reading your ‘About’ page. I’m looking forward to read your work 🙂
Thank you! I’m honored to have such kind words said about my blog.
Have a great day,
PS: Your header is amazing in a scary way!
Justin, your enthusiasm is infectious. As for myself, it’s all so hopeless–I think I’ll go back to doing something simpler, such as dusting off that old net in the attic and resume, without prejudice, a flagging career as a quasi-intrepid trapeze artist.
I’m glad my blog helped wake up a bit of enthusiasm in you. Just always remember to do what you love.
Justin, wishing you well on your blogging journey.
Thank you so much for the follow.
Thank you so much for following First Night Design!
Greetings to you and the Second City, Justin. Thank you for opting to follow my blog. All the best on your literary and blogging escapades =)
Thanks for the visit.
Firstly, I LOVE the pic at the top of your page-absolutely gorgeous!!
2nd, thank you for the follow, I hope you enjoy what you find. I seem to be discovering several new aspects of my writing and am certainly open to tips, collaborations, etc. Congrats to you & your wife on the anniversary and hope you guys have an awesome Halloween.
Kyla 🙂 (aka kikischeuer)
Hi Justin, thanks for finding and following my Spanish blog. As you are a writer, you might like my writing blog too! SD http://www.sandradanby.com/
Hi there, Justin, thanks so much for following my blog. Keep up the great work you’re doing here!
Thanks for visiting Me Wee Little Bloggy. I think that your blog is terrific and I dig that top banner painting.
Thanks so much Fred! Can’t wait to see more of your blog work.
Thank you for the Follow, Justin. Nice place you have here. I WILL be back. 🙂
Thank you for following my blog. I’m returning the favor and am really looking forward to seeing more of your posts.
Thanks for following my blog, which brought me to yours. Love your About page, and I’m looking forward to reading more as your newest follower.
Hi Justin. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!
Can’t wait to read more of your work Herman!
Thanks for stopping by and following my blog, Justin. Great looking site here. Nice to meet another dark fiction/horror writer 🙂 Best of luck with the book, Consumed … looks like a great read. I like the Amazon review that said it was a combination of Sherlock Holmes and the supernatural.
Looking forward to reading more of your blog.
Good to see another dark fiction writer as well. I will definitely have to pick up a copy of your book soon and write an Amazon review!
Thanks for dropping by my online writing studio, and following my work.
Thanks for following my blog! I’m now following yours! 🙂
Thanks for following Shaking the Tree; much appreciated.
Thanks for coming in to see me at Steve Says…come again, stay a while – have a drink even! Happy blogging. Steve…
Nice to be in contact. You found the blog where I write about photography. If you browsed more than my latest post you will be aware that the only topic I ever discuss is photography.
Now that I know about you I will take the time to wander through your writings and get to know you.
Thanks for following my blog, Justin! Looking forward to reading yours!
Hi, Justin. Nice to meet you here, and thank you very much for following back my surya. 😀
Great to meet you too! Please feel free to stop by the blog and comment anytime.
Hi Justin, thank you for stopping by and following my blog. It’s nice to learn that you are a dark fiction/horror writer since I’m a fan of horror & supernatural stories and movies. Looking forward to reading more of your posts…
Likewise Happy Anggraeni. Keep writing creepy! Can’t wait to read more.
Hi Justin! I’m happy to find your blog, your about page speak so much about you and I know writers can relate very well 🙂
Hey, thanks for following my blog, and happy to have found yours 🙂 I know the feeling of going back to your work after a break, except for me it’s more like a face slap, than a face palm. lol