Welcome Guest Search | Active Topics | Members | Log In | Register

Do you get rid of old writing? Options · View
Metilda
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 12:33:00 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 3/10/2013
Posts: 1,218
Location: United States
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

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

Rank: Moderator

Joined: 3/3/2009
Posts: 5,168
Location: Victoria, Australia
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

Rank: Mazztastic

Joined: 9/20/2012
Posts: 3,245
Location: Scotland, United Kingdom
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...
Guest
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:09:06 PM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 651,821
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
Guest
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:16:01 PM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 651,821
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

Rank: Purveyor of Poetry & Porn

Joined: 10/19/2009
Posts: 5,832
Location: Right here on Lush Stories..., United States
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...


You know you want it, you know you need it bad...get it now on Amazon.com...
Lush Erotica, an Anthology of Award Winning Sex Stories

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

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 651,821
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

Rank: Purveyor of Poetry & Porn

Joined: 10/19/2009
Posts: 5,832
Location: Right here on Lush Stories..., United States
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...


You know you want it, you know you need it bad...get it now on Amazon.com...
Lush Erotica, an Anthology of Award Winning Sex Stories

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

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 10/5/2007
Posts: 2,166
Location: The Tundra, United States
No.

The Roommates Trilogy:
Roommates with Benefits
Roommates with Benefits: Snowed In
Roommates with Benefits: The Working Vacation is now available for your reading pleasure

Latest poem, Longing, is out now!

College Sex:



New story now available!
Guest
Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 7:32:23 AM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 651,821
icon_smile I throw nothing away when it concerns writing: from notes, characters, or research.
adagio_sabadicus
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:45:46 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 1/24/2013
Posts: 1,365
You would not believe the number of one's I have deep six
MasterJonathan
Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:58:36 AM

Rank: Gentleman Master

Joined: 3/6/2013
Posts: 1,828
Location: God's Deep Freezer, United States
My computer has a 4TB and a 3TB external hard drive. I have 2TB on the CPU itself. I also have a 500GB "temporary" external hard drive. I don't throw anything away! LOL!

Banner below is a clickable link! :)


avrgblkgrl
Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:16:47 AM

Rank: Sexilicious
Moderator

Joined: 9/28/2011
Posts: 1,124
Location: Look up, I'm the one smiling, United States
There is absolutely no way I could keep everything I write. I probably lose more than I keep. I run across notes stashed in books and unfinished poems all the time. I wear computers out and leave things on them. Storage devices are everywhere. I can't remember where I stored certain things, I trash notebooks in hopes that no one under the sun should ever get a hold of it after I die. I have my academic articles and tons of notes for those. Notes for lectures that spin me into writing frenzies. Poetry, fiction and just stuff I have to write down before I shoot somebody. I've thrown things away only to dig in the garbage for it the next day. I'll remember writing something and can't for the life of me find where I put it at--and it was good too. I'll find diamonds in old journals and flash drives in the bottom of purses. I'm basically a neat person. That helps in my battle to let things go. In the past, I've moved around quite frequently. Getting rid of things becomes a necessity in that case. Sometimes I long for things that I have written that have long since been thrown out. It's a two edged sword.

Click on my latest submission:

tashitasha
Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:50:04 PM

Rank: Story Verifier
Moderator

Joined: 10/1/2010
Posts: 410
Location: Somewhere in The middle of Nowhere.
when I was young, I used to write short stories in a diary. But, one day my mom read them, used a red pen and marked out all the grammatical errors. I guess she was just being a parent and playing her role. I was so mad that I ended up burning that diary. I think I'll always regret doing that. So after that, I kinda stopped writing for myself till I turned 19. But of course what one writes at 19 is not the same as what one can write at 10 but still...

Now I try to keep most of the things I write, whether its on my pendrive or a my notebooks. I am proud of what I've written so far; whether its thoughts, stories.. even ranting off and I'd like to keep it with me forever.. like a valuable treasure. and it probably is.



Explore the dark side of a relationship between a naive woman and a ruthless man https://www.lushstories.com/stories/straight-sex/addiction.aspx

My Entry for the competition: The Mystery of The Abandoned Manor


Can Crystal resist handsome, married Gary? Find out here: A Night of Forbidden Passion

A professional thief, a seductive woman who knows how to use all her assets to get what she wants, when she wants it: A Flawless Plan

ToshLoveCC
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:24:44 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 5/4/2012
Posts: 409
Location: United States
I try scanning the files into the computer, because paper can eventually take up a lot of room. Just make sure you put in Dropbox, Google Drive, and on a flashdrive to protect it from being destroyed forever.





Guest
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:51:52 PM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 651,821
I do most of my writing as journaling. To me journals serve a purpose and when that purpose is over I have no regrets about recycling them. So...I've tossed maybe thousands of pages over the years.
Milik_Redman
Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:58:01 PM

Rank: Internet Philosopher
Moderator

Joined: 8/14/2009
Posts: 4,753
Location: somewhere deep under the Earth, United States
For years I would write poetry and then just toss it out once I'd shared it with the person it was meant for. More often, it would simply be formed in my mind and recited at the moment. At the time, I never even considered keeping it. I lost dozens, maybe hundreds of works over the years. Now, with the advantage of smart phones and tablets, I record every verse as soon as it comes. Most of it will never be shared, but sometimes something is good enough that its worth posting.
Dancewithme
Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2014 3:40:12 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 10/22/2013
Posts: 1,647
Location: United States
Never get rid of anything I have penned. I write history besides poems and in the case of one introduction I wrote, it took me so many re-writes over more than half a lifetime that I have an orange-crate full of various version of a 26 page introduction. Poetry is not "mine"
technically but I am the medium for a muse a woman incites. Sorry if only some of you have heard of such a thing.

-All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Life is what you make it. Take responsibility for it. Don't blame gods, other people, gremlins or whatever for what your life is: "man up" to your response to the call of life. Own your life and be somebody because you deserve it. Keep the faith in yourself and in the ultimate beauty of all life!
AbigailThornton
Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2014 9:39:52 AM

Rank: Story Verifier
Moderator

Joined: 7/8/2012
Posts: 734
Location: The naughty little world inside my head, United Ki
I've never got rid of actual writing but I have a habit of ripping pictures and stuff out of magazines which I think will help me 'see' characters and places. Those do get binned occasionally. Reading Lisa's post reminded me that I have misplaced an early poem that won an award at school. I should have another rummage around for that.

AudriNichols
Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014 9:45:39 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 6/4/2014
Posts: 234
Location: Bellingham, United States
I have before, when I was younger. Now I try to keep everything, no matter how silly I think it is. But...I still lost everything when my computer died on me suddenly. I lost a decades worth of notes, character profiles, outlines and research. It still hurts...

Click here to read my stories.

Coming Soon:


goodhusband
Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014 10:02:58 PM

Rank: Advanced Wordsmith

Joined: 7/30/2014
Posts: 50
Location: At the foot of the mountains, United States
When I first started writing I wasn't careful and I lost some work that I would now very much like to have. Now I keep multiple copies of everything I write.
Guest
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:47:45 PM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 651,821
No not at all.
adagio_sabadicus
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:17:29 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 1/24/2013
Posts: 1,365
Some of my writing wasn't worthy of ashes in the wind. I have recently started a file for dust mites to read while wiling away in my shop, hoping them to quit fucking with my allergies...the dear wee creatures
daddysweetheart
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:28:18 PM

Rank: Beautiful Submissive

Joined: 11/14/2013
Posts: 3,091
Most of mine isn't written down. I would think of a line or two and keep saving the drafts.

And...repeat.

Probably not recommended.




ChuckEPoo
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:33:24 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 8/30/2013
Posts: 942
Location: Ventura, United States
I so agree. I have bookshelves of literature but most of them are now on my iPad or kindle. However, throwing my books away is like cheating on your lover. I can't bring myself to do it. Just dumping the encyclopedia alone would clear a book case.
Users browsing this topic
Guest 


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS

Powered by Yet Another Forum.net version 1.9.1.6 (NET v4.0) - 11/14/2007
Copyright © 2003-2006 Yet Another Forum.net. All rights reserved.