writing tip: decluttering

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Decluttering your notes, ideas, and scraps.

1 – If you have incorporated an idea in a story, you don’t need it anymore, toss it.

2 – Once the story evolves toss any character or plot notes that have been left behind by the evolution.

3 – Same idea?  Many places?  Save the one that makes the most sense, get rid of the rest.

4 – Toss it if you can’t remember or reason why you wrote it in the first place.

Clutter feeds frustration, saps energy and zaps creativity.  Old journals, notebooks, computer files clogged with old writings, choose to use them, or discard if you no longer feel passionate about them.

Advice: Victoria Fry, Decluttering for Writers.
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