Top 10 Reasons Not to Burn Your Work
We’ve all been there. You’ve written something that you believe is so crappy that you want to start a bonfire and toss the whole pile of papers into the middle of the flames. Before you dig out the lighter fluid, think twice.
- It’s probably not as bad as you think it is.
- Chances are there is something salvageable amongst the crap.
- You may be able to use sections of it in future works.
- An idea written down, no matter how atrocious, is worth saving as it holds more value than an idea not written down. I hope that makes sense...
- If it’s fiction, a character or two might be worth holding onto.
- It doesn’t take much space to store a few sheets of paper or a document on a USB so you can’t use the excuse of no room to store it.
- A first draft is a necessary step to a polished finished draft.
- In hindsight, looking back at earlier writing can help you see how far you’ve gone in your writing journey.
- What you believe is crap may be the seed that leads down the road to an awesome piece of work. Don’t toss out a seed!
- Down the road, chances are high you will regret burning it.