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Old 05-05-2019, 05:01 PM   #1
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Well. That's unexpected.

I haven't been writing much (at all) lately. I just can't commit to getting stuff done.

Anyway, I thought I'd weed out items that were obviously never going to get anywhere.

Disaster.

I read them for the first time since...2018, and discovered I really liked them. In all their "work in progress/weirdly disjointed" glory.

One I started in 2006. Which is just ridiculous. But, I just can't delete them. And there are about eight (if I count an episodic 'growing like Topsy' mega-thing as one story). Good grief.

So, I'm working (more or less) on them once more.

Do you have projects you just let go? Is there a cure?
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Old 05-05-2019, 08:46 PM   #2
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Recently I decided to revisit a screenplay I "finished" (first draft) about fifteen years ago that I gave up on in disgust — it was just sitting there. I thought, "I should dig that up and see what it's like." But to do that I had to "rescue" it from a defunct file format (fortunately XML based, so I could extract the text but not the format) and turn it back into a readable screenplay, via Fountain mark up. It took about six to eight hours to get it readable. At first I thought, "hey, this wasn't that bad," but then I read through it again and began to see why it had "disgusted" me in the first place. At this point I'm seeing if there is any way to rescue it, but I think it'll basically be "save the radiator cap and replace the car" type of thing. This was my only attempt at a full-length screenplay. All the others were short screenplays (about three to four hundred of them).
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Old 05-06-2019, 04:40 AM   #3
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Hmm... I'm not sure if there's anything I can officially say "I let that go". There's stuff I've written that I know is a disaster (with, as rcentros put so well, maybe a radiator cap worth of goodness) that will never see the light of day. They sit on an encrypted drive to which only I have the key, so these will - as Death Cab for Cutie put it - follow me into the dark.

And there's a lot of unfinished/undeveloped stuff. But this isn't like graphic/video art where the work might consume gigabytes of disk space; it's all text so, so far, I've never found any reason to delete anything. So anything I've ever started but not finished is still a considered a work-in-progress. In practice, there's a lot I know I will never pick up again, but there are a few that I still hold out hope for (maybe when I retire or some such nonsense). Where there's life there's hope?

I have a project from around 2008 or so that I'm still hopeful might become a novel ... but it has to get in line after a number of more recent items that I have higher hopes for. And they all have to get in line after work that pays the bills (regrettably the small number of published works don't do that). Just today I started to tell someone that I had finished writing the first draft of a novel last year ... except then I had to correct myself when I realised "last year" was last year. Time flies.
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Old 05-06-2019, 05:23 AM   #4
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I have a folder called Trunk where I shift stories that are complete but which I decide aren't worth working on any further. It seems to send my brain a signal that I can let go of those.
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Well, rcentros, I seem to have more than a radiator cap and less than a car. Sort of a VW Beetle on drugs. But no roof. And there may be a few holes in the floor. But it runs. Almost.

GMW I agree on the space thing. Text takes up no space at all (relatively) in these days a gigathings. I have backups of my backups (ever since the great "HDD Disaster of 2002" or whenever it was I lost everything - I've repressed it) and even have HDDs in a safe.

Graham I have a project called "Misc" where I whack in ideas etc but also fridge stuff that's going nowhere. You never know when you may be able to recycle something.

Anyway, I've tinkered around with some of the previously fridged stuff and I'm hoping to keep going with them. It's my 2019 challenge (but probably also 2020 & 2021).
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Well, rcentros, I seem to have more than a radiator cap and less than a car. Sort of a VW Beetle on drugs. But no roof. And there may be a few holes in the floor. But it runs. Almost.
It sounds like you're a real writer. I am a wannabe, or probably even less, a "wanted to be" as I'm really not doing much writing anymore.

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Anyway, I've tinkered around with some of the previously fridged stuff and I'm hoping to keep going with them. It's my 2019 challenge (but probably also 2020 & 2021).
Good luck. I'm guessing you're a pretty good judge of what should be saved.
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