Out with the old. Manuscripts that is.

old-manuscriptsEvery writer is on their own schedule. For me, it’s that time of year. The heaping stack of printed paper that is my manuscript will make its way to a box and then to the attic.

I retain the working notebook with the latest draft and, of course, there are a billion electronic files. Each is a backup of various stages and parts. It’s all there!

This house cleaning doesn’t mean that the manuscript is finished, but it’s turned in (hurrah!). From here on out, it has a life of its own….

What do you do with your old drafts? Keep them? Archive carefully? Or pitch?

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