Recently I've been going through a folder of old writings filled with snippets, shorts, and half-finished novels -- things I haven't looked at in years. These are mostly from my adolescence. I've been mining for potential short story ideas, but it's been a terrible trip into some painfully bad writing. I just came across this sentence in a short story I wrote when I was 15: "His eyes were closed, his arms had no significant position." His arms had no significant position?! Then why mention them at all? What is the point of this whole sentence? It makes me laugh and cringe all at once. It's embarrassing to admit I ever wrote that way. Yikes. Anyway, so I thought I'd bring it here for a chance of us all to laugh at ourselves and admit our more cringe-worthy moments as writers. We've all got them. We hone our craft, meaning we get better -- meaning there is bad writing in our past. Here's another: "He spoke again, his tenor-bass voice layered with strong, yet weak and timid tones."