Do you hang on to everything you write? How do you store it? hard copy? Do you re-write it? Keep the originals? Do you even keep the stuff you don't like?
I keep every thing, so maybe a hoarder LOL. All my writing is first done on Word then saved in folder titled (Year) HP. Then I have folders like Hub Idea, Hubs Published, Hubs not published, Answers, Forum Posts (Sometimes the whole thread is copy/pasted), and so forth. Both Published and Published I have Poetry, Fiction, and Informational.
tsmog, I have handwritten stuff from years ago. I splurged and bought a nice, leather-bound journal with the intent of copying everything into it...needless to say, not how it went down. I don't have the energy to re-handwrite all of the essays and stories I have written. So now I have some things saved to word, some handwritten, some in journal...oh yeah, and that stuff scribbled onto the back of the mail above the visor in the car! I am turning into a book, box, bag lady!!
I understand completely. I have what I call memory boxes with spiral notebooks stuffed inside with poetry. I often ponder basically to reread sometime. Alas. I don't. I have an interest to create a book for Amazon Create Space. Though most I know don't get a lot of sales, it sounds like something fun to learn and play around with for learning marketing. Plus, it would be sharing with relative and friends.
No I do not keep everything. Plenty of stuff that didn't pan out gets deleted or thrown away.
I write almost everything in notebooks first, so I have hard copies of writing (mostly poetry and short stories) going back 30 years. More recent poetry I have also saved in "word" on the computer. But ye, I have saved almost everything I have ever written. Most of the old stuff I have edited and updated to make into hubs.
It is a fear of mine to depend solely on the laptop...that things will get lost. I rework poems constantly, they are never truly done...well, maybe a handful. I have two novels that linger...someday, someday...lol. I do have a nice laptop, but the sensory satisfaction of paper...well, maybe it speaks to my age, but I have to have it!
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