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Metilda
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 12:33:00 PM

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I have several 'sluff boxes' - a lifetime worth of bits and pieces. Scenes, poems, character studies, anatomy lessons, research, etc.

My husband accused me of being a pack-rat. Even though I see no reason to go back and read any of this stuff, it's still a significant part of my life. In the margins are scribbled personal notes and in many ways it was therapy. You never know, though, if at some point I might want to read it again. 15 years ago some of my poetry became pretty dang good, I still like it.

Just because it's old doesn't mean it doesn't matter.

On this note - technology has changed things significantly. I can write on my phone. It's very easy to lose and accidentally delete something. Once upon a time cells didn't exist. Everything was on paper, typewriter - floppy disks which were eventually transferred to 3 1/4's - and eventually that was all just printed out with a dot-matrix printer. I have reams of printed books that I never bothered to separate and stack.

If anything ever happened to it I'd probably die a little inside.

Now - everything I've ever written can fit onto one small thumbdrive.

Still not getting rid of my original works :D

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Lisa
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 2:36:32 PM

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I generally keep my old stories and poems, but I wrote a novel by hand back when I was a teenager that's somehow gone missing over the years. I wish I still had that one. All my poems are kept in a box that I haven't opened in a long time, but I like knowing they're still there.

Now that everything's written on my laptop, I keep it all. Whether it's a story idea, a half-finished story, or a first draft that's been sitting there for years, I always come back to them at some point.
Mazza
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 3:17:14 PM

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I throw nothing away!! The story in my forum sig won third place in the last comp... I'd stopped working on it a long time ago after a friend told me it was crap... (Come to think of it, they said quite a lot of my work was rubbish and that I wasn't a very good writer)

Even then, I still liked it, but thought they might be right... Eventually, I picked it back up and decided it could be a decent story...

I've often reworked old stuff... You can generally do something with it...
Kal-El85
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:09:06 PM

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Nope. . never. Sometimes old storylines or plots resuface in my head and I end up finishing the tale or morphing it into something new. Just finished a new story under these circumstances as a matter of fact. thumbright
Mudpies
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:16:01 PM

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Getting rid of old writing is like cutting off your own leg. Silly to do, and leaves no support for future adventures into the world of prose.
DirtyMartini
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:19:17 PM

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I would never really throw anything away I wrote, or purposely delete it...I've lost some stuff I hadn't finished, first time when my netbook got stolen in Sept. 2010...and again when my system crashed right around New Year...but nothing really major...

I've only really been writing in earnest since 2009, so everything is sort of posted on the internet somewhere, for better or worse I might add...

I did write two poems in high school, and a girl I went to school with reminded me about them a couple of years back...I have a feeling they're still in a drawer somewhere...

I did write out a couple of song ideas on paper in the 90's before I got a computer, which means they had to be before '96...a couple of them seem to work more as poems, and I posted one here "I Wish I Knew" is actually the oldest thing I have posted on Lush...early/mid 90's...


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Guest
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:22:34 PM

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I keep it all. Sometimes looking back on it can give you an idea for a new story, or you can edit the half finished piece of crap and polish it up. Even sometimes just looking at something you can bring back feelings that you want to remember, so I keep everything. You never know when you're gonna wanna recycle something. Oh and btw, I have backups of backups everywhere. If it's electronic, chances are I'll have a story saved on it, in some form or another.
DirtyMartini
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 5:57:45 PM

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GingerKitty wrote:
I keep it all. Sometimes looking back on it can give you an idea for a new story, or you can edit the half finished piece of crap and polish it up.


You can also take a couple of unfinished pieces of crap and put them together to make, hopefully, one not so crappy piece...I've done it with poems a number of times...if you have two or three poems which are going nowhere fast, just take out the best lines from each and put them together...with any luck, you'll get one halfway decent poem out of the deal...

I've only done it once with a story..."Sexual Healing" which is my most popular story, in terms of reader response, not view count, was the result of me going through my unfinished stories back in late February 2010...

There was that story, which was one page in Word that I had started in Oct. 2009, a couple of weeks before I joined Lush btw...and there was another story called "The Best Part Of Breaking Up"...

The latter was a humor piece I had in mind about a guy who starts arguments with his significant other in order to get makeup sex...I couldn't think of a way he could insult her without it becoming possibly distasteful, so I abandoned the story...it was only one paragraph at the time...but, the opening paragraph explained how in order for someone to annoy you, you have to have feelings for them...

Anyway, that section in "Sexual Healing" where it starts "There is something I learned a long time ago. The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is indifference." came from that abandoned story...


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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:26:40 PM

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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 7:32:23 AM

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icon_smile I throw nothing away when it concerns writing: from notes, characters, or research.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:45:46 PM

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