Do you save EVERYTHING that you write?

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Do you save everything that you write? If you do aggregate all your writings, then maybe you can go back later and by editing it all, create a book or articles that you can then monetize and earn money from. I think that so many individuals write things and publish them and just forget about them. It seems sort of unfortunate.


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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    I don't save my forum posts because the board
    does that for me but I sure have a copy of everything
    I've written. More than just saving you can re-use
    your writing in so many different ways-blog posts,
    articles, script for YouTube videos etc.

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  • Profile picture of the author hypwoman
    In a nutshell YES! And I have written a LOT. I actually parted ways awhile back with some of my pre-marital journals as they had all sorts of information about my dating history which wasn't necessary to keep around the house.

    But, I keep all correspondence I send and receive with customers. Even THAT alone could be written into a valuable book.
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    • Profile picture of the author RKeele
      I absolutely do. I want to keep everything, because I may be able to use it in some form later.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Absolutely. The book in my sig is the result of updating, reorganizing and expanding an autoresponder series I used to use as a lead generator when I did offline consulting.

        I did the book to learn the process, and to my surprise it sells a few copies a week with virtually no promotion on my part.
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  • Profile picture of the author World Marketing
    Everything I write for m blog I save...many times I write things 2 or3 times over until I have a blog post I like...
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    • Profile picture of the author BillyPilgrim
      God no. I've written some absolute dreck in my day and I've already learned from it. But I'm a "throw it away" guy. If I haven't touched it (whatever it is), out it goes.
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      • Profile picture of the author fin
        No, I delete it if I'm not happy with it.

        I do have some half-written articles that still need to be worked on if that counts?
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
          Originally Posted by fin View Post

          No, I delete it if I'm not happy with it.

          I do have some half-written articles that still need to be worked on if that counts?
          Yes. I think so.

          If you are not happy with it, maybe you can later edit whatever it is to become happy with it later. It might not be worth your time though.

          It sounds like the idea of saving everything that you write not news to a lot of you. That is good! I wish someone had suggested that I do this years ago. I had to figure out to do it on my own, for the most part.
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          • Profile picture of the author fin
            Originally Posted by Michael Ten View Post

            Yes. I think so.

            If you are not happy with it, maybe you can later edit whatever it is to become happy with it later. It might not be worth your time though.

            It sounds like the idea of saving everything that you write not news to a lot of you. That is good! I wish someone had suggested that I do this years ago. I had to figure out to do it on my own, for the most part.
            Do you have a Dropbox folder on your desktop?

            Just make a folder for each blog you have and have a sub-folder for 'articles to be published'.

            I don't know if you'll like this idea, but it's what I do so my folder doesn't get clogged up.

            I use a Moleskine and when I think of a blog post I write down a headline on an individual page. I then let it lie there and over the course of a few days/weeks/months I add stuff to it, especially when I'm in a creative mood or if I think of anything.

            Only then I open a Word doc and start writing some stuff down. Because it's in the Dropbox folder it saves automatically and I can just play around with it whenever.
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            • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
              Originally Posted by fin View Post

              Do you have a Dropbox folder on your desktop?

              Just make a folder for each blog you have and have a sub-folder for 'articles to be published'.

              I don't know if you'll like this idea, but it's what I do so my folder doesn't get clogged up.

              I use a Moleskine and when I think of a blog post I write down a headline on an individual page. I then let it lie there and over the course of a few days/weeks/months I add stuff to it, especially when I'm in a creative mood or if I think of anything.

              Only then I open a Word doc and start writing some stuff down. Because it's in the Dropbox folder it saves automatically and I can just play around with it whenever.
              I don't frequently use Dropbox. I do save my writings to at least three spots though, and at least one of those is in the electronic clouds.
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  • Profile picture of the author opalfx
    yeah i do save it. i shld sale it as a plr. i never really think to reuse it once i post it on an article directory
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    At least for awhile. I go through now and again and delete outdated things, or things I know I'll never use again. If it's on my website sometimes I delete just to free disk space since I know I can just copy it later.

    What really sucked is the time that I lost original copies of almost everything I'd done to that date when my computer fried. I was able to get back articles, etc - but original copies of pdf's were gone and I could have used two of those to make kindle products. Not a happy camper, but learned an important concept: backup copies.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I save everything I write for clients and ebooks I write for myself too. I never know when the info can come in handy and it has quite a few times.
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    • Profile picture of the author DeePower
      Heavens no. I've written over a million words, maybe more. That includes four commercially published books, four screenplays and one novel. I've ghostwritten books, guides, articles and websites. I've written the content for my own websites in finance, business and lifestyle niches, as well as a couple thousand articles as a freelancer.

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