To throw or not to throw . . .

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Files and rough manuscripts of four books: Trilogy – Going Out in the Midday Sun, and Hoxton.

As I was about to consign all rough drafts of my books to the recycling, my son said – ‘but shouldn’t you hang on to all that? The memories, the work’ . . .

I reminded him that I’d already, about two years ago, disposed of about the same again in paper and files, so therefore if I was to regard it as a complete collection of all prep work I’d ever done, it was already pillaged. So . . . to the bin. But wait. Maybe just a bit of it – the actual first ideas; the first mistake-ridden file of 80,000 words; the coffee stained and dust covered tentative trial pages . . .  Oh, OK, maybe just a small shelf’s worth.

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Big yellow file holding the first draft of the first book – where it all started. Yep, I might keep that one . . . 

So, I’ve rescued a couple of items from each book, plus the actual proof copies and the rest will become an ripping up occupation while half watching a couple of episodes of Breaking Bad (for the second time around) this evening.

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One thought on “To throw or not to throw . . .

  1. Even reading about this gave me anxiety with the thought of throwing away so many files! Don’t get me wrong, I’m no horder by any means, but when it comes to my written draft, I just can’t let it go. I keep the written drafts – legible or not. Then i keep the many digital drafts to follow. I’m envious of your approach. Maybe I too will someday get there. ’til then, im bound to my coffee stained and dust covered tentative trial pages.

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