Where do Abandoned Writing Projects Go?

When my little sister was younger, she watched a T.V. show called ChalkZone. It was about the land where erased chalk drawings go once they are cleared from the board. It was a creative and cute show and I’ve always imagined what it would be like if there were a land where abandoned writing projects went.

There would be less chalk, that’s for sure.

I’d like to imagine there’s a world out there where unbelievable plots fight with each other, bad puns run amok, cliche rhymes can roam free, and confused similes and metaphors ruled the land.

This land would be beautiful. I want to go there.

But, in all seriousness, what do people do with their abandoned writing projects?

Personally, I keep mine around. I have piles of little notes I’ve started that I’ve never followed through on, tons of saved Word documents on my computer that haven’t been opened in years, and I have little sticky notes on the desktop of my computer filled with half poems that I’ve yet to complete. All of these words are, in essence, abandoned, but I hope that won’t always be the case.

Oooh, now I get it.

I keep around my old writing in hopes that I will revise my old ideas and make them into something glorious and new. There have been lots of stories in which I have written myself into a corner, or the believability has flown out the window, but that doesn’t mean my work can never be salvaged. Bad writing, poor puns, cliche metaphors and similes aside, no project is totally unworthy of a second look.

So where do my abandoned projects go? No place, for they aren’t abandoned, just merely shelved until I have the time and ability to turn them into what I want them to be.

And I shall end this post with my favorite quote about revision, by author Katherine Patterson:

I love revision. Where else can spilled milk be turned into ice cream?

– Amanda Riggle


About ThePandaBard

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs. You can follow Amanda on Twitter @ThePandaBard, on Pinterest @ThePandaBard, or on Medium @ThePandaBard. You can also find her research on Academia.Edu at Cpp.Academia.Edu/MandaRiggle.
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