Yesterday I wrote a blog about seeing the movie The King's Speech. It was fairly straight-forward with much detail. I looked upon it as a societal comment. I finished it and, in the process of spell-check, it disappeared. Poof! Ether. Blank page. My cursing was brief and I wrote it again.
An oddity is that this brought back a memory of a years-ago creative writing class I gave. One of the participants arrived one day with an interesting situation. The previous evening she had done her assignment - a poem to present and then have the class discuss. However, it disappeared. Poof! So, in annoyance and a degree of haste, she re-wrote it. Perhaps it does not take too much memory to recreate something you have just written but - as I can now vouch - it is an unusual combination of memory and originality. I certainly know my two were different yet described the same event.
In her case, she found the original, and brought them both. Poetry usually demands imagery and implication. I no longer remember her poem in any detail, but the second version was stronger, with the differences by-and-large being stronger. Nothing startling, however.
I don't recommend this as an avenue to produce 'better' results, but I do wish I had the original of my blog to test the differences.
OK - carefully now - post . . .