by Victoria M. Johnson
If you piled all your writings together in one place how much room would you need? A shelf, a closet, or an entire attic? Think about all your journals filled with your poetry or musings, all your novel manuscripts, and maybe even published books. How much space do they take? It may be an eye-opening experience to give it a try.
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I had the opportunity to do this taking stock (by accident) when we moved to a larger home. I only meant to shelve things so my office wouldn't be cluttered, but by sorting all my writings into a huge closet in my office, I learned a few things.
1. I had written a lot of words.
There was a lot of work stuffed in that closet and I felt a sense of pride that I was doing what writers are supposed to do. I was producing words, thoughts, and stories.
2. I submitted a very small percentage of the words I wrote.
I was stunned that I hardly ever submitted most of the work filling that closet. That is a weakness that I need to fix. Writers write, but they also submit.
3. I write in many different forms.
For someone who thought of herself as an aspiring novelist, it surprised me that I had completed more screenplays than novel manuscripts. Nowadays I'm writing a lot of poetry, too.
4. I need to purge some of this.
The biggest discovery from this exercise was the amount of paper—old drafts, manuscripts I'll never submit, and other stuff that I don't need anymore—still taking up my space. The journals I plan to keep forever, I find good material in them. But stories that I have no intention of revising… those should go, right? How much of my previous writing do I really need to hang onto? How do you manage the paper? Let us know in the comments. Also, if you do take a picture of your writings, please post it and share the link.
Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer. She loves telling stories and she's happiest when creating new characters and new plots. Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria's fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma. Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride and a novella, Hot Hawaiian Christmas. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries. Visit Victoria's website at http://VictoriaMJohnson.com for inspiration and tips and find her Amazon author page or connect with her on Pinterest and Twitter.