Saturday, February 06, 2010
Keep It All
Let's write about writing.
I finished a horror story called "Night Vision", about a woman seeking to cure her boy of blindness, with the help of a strange "hoodoo" woman by the swamp. And now I'm sitting down to rework something called "The Lunchbag", a short story written to beat another writer over the head in a writers' workshop (hey, different things motivate and the buffoon deserved it).
I've changed much as a writer since these two stories were first written (although as a person, I think I may have regressed emotionally), and I think the changes I'm making will help sell them. Which brings me to the point of the posting... never throw away or delete anything you've written. And for God's sake remember to regularly back things up.
When you write, whether you're just playing with paragraphs that never go anywhere, or actually trying to craft something around an outline, put it in a folder. Call it "misc" or "junk" or "works in progress". And revisit it every so often to see if things have changed or if they can provide some new element of inspiration. Of course, if you revisit your old work and don't feel you have anything to change, then you might want to rethink your growth as a writer.