Well, some of you are probably now saying Huh? Most people who consider themselves Writers have secret stashes of half finished stories, or books and articles and unfinished blog posts. I call those my “Shoulda Woulda Couldas Stash”. I have mine located in various locations in my office, on my computer, in my phone, in print copies, in little notebooks, in big notebooks, in binders, in boxes, in baskets and in drawers. I’m sure I missed some places but I think you get the gist of what I’m saying.
Recently I decided that it was time to try to organize all of my writing projects that are “works in process”. I’ll admit it is a scary thought, but I realize that years of my accumulated work is alive somewhere hidden away from not only my eyes but from the potential eyes of readers who might benefit from something I had already partially written and then, technically had hidden from everyone, even myself.
So, here’s what I’ve decided to do about it:
- Focus on gathering all my “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” items into one location, while making an effort not to begin reading any of it until it’s all in one specific location in my office. This way I will avoid being sidetracked by one project before reviewing them all.
- Organize it all simply into Fiction and Non-Fiction.
- Sort each group by what currently interests me the most to the least, or not at all.
- Intersperse these projects into my current work as I move forward with my writing.
Hopefully, this will keep my “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” items from becoming permanent “Don’ts, Won’ts, and Can’ts”. Words once written with thought and intent are terrible things to waste. Who knows, maybe some of my best work has been hidden away and is just waiting to be completed?
I must admit I feel positively inspired and motivated. If you are like me and you have your own “Shoulda, Woulda, Couldas Stash” of writing I hope I’ve inspired you, too. If so, let me know. I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time, have a warm heart but be COOL! Be happy, be well, and be the best you that you can be!
“I Aspire To Inspire”
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