Blogging Insights # 44 — Drafts

TODAY’S QUESTIONS

How many drafts do you have in your ” Drafts Folder” right now?

Do you always complete a post that you draft?

Is it a good idea to leave your unfinished drafts hanging around or should you delete them after some time, if so, how long?

MY ANSWERS

How many drafts do you have in your ” Drafts Folder” right now?

Two hundred and eighty eight; it is a big number. I don’t know whether to be proud or ashamed of it.

Do you always complete a post that you draft? If not, why?

No, not at all. At a rough guess, about 80% of my drafts become actual posts. There are many reasons why a draft does not make it to the finish line:

Second thoughts — what originally seemed like a great idea may seem daft when you look at it again.

Life happens — this is my favourite excuse — I might be full of ideas about a piece that I begin, then something exciting or disturbing or important takes up my time and energy forcing me to leave my draft in the lurch.

Greener pastures — after I have outlined or begun a post, I might get what seems like a better idea. This forces me to abandon the first one like a butterfly flitting from one flower to the next.

Is it a good idea to leave your unfinished drafts hanging around or should you delete them after some time, if so, how long?

Sometimes I delete my drafts but I usually leave them lying around. The ones I delete most often are usually for daily or weekly prompts that I have not been able to manage in the given time.

If I had the option, I would never trash a draft ever. Who knows when I might get a wonderful idea about it?

You might have seen how people keep discovering outlines or rough sketches of masterpieces by great artists and how valuable they are. When you are “rich and famous” your drafts from long ago may become priceless. Jokes apart, going through a draft much later makes you look at it with a fresh perspective.

Okay, that was my bit; now I am dying to read your views.

You can leave them in my comments section below.

Better still, why not create a post of your own.

Just remember to tag it

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33 thoughts on “Blogging Insights # 44 — Drafts

  1. How many drafts do you have in your ” Drafts Folder” right now?
    I have none at all.

    Do you always complete a post that you draft?
    I don’t always complete a post that I draft. But if I don’t finish it in a day I usually delete it.

    Is it a good idea to leave your unfinished drafts hanging around or should you delete them after some time, if so, how long?
    I rarely have any unfinished posts for more than a day. Maybe I am doing something wrong.

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  2. One. It’s for next year’s April themed alphabet game. I don’t believe in drafts here. If I get an idea, I write a post pretty much that day. If it doesn’t work out, I dump it. This is different from my regular fiction writing where I have tons of drafts 🙂

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  3. Oh Tanya! I just checked….I have 193 posts in my drafts folder.
    I do intend to finish all of them one day, when I have the chance!
    Some of them I actively work on little by little – these are normally the blogging award nominations. I just don’t have time to sit down and complete them in one go.
    Then there are a lot of stories I have started and not known how to finish. I am waiting for inspiration, and I keep thinking about those characters and their stories. There are also a lot of poems I have started but because I like my poems to rhyme and have the same syllable pattern throughout I need to go back to them and complete them. I also have some posts there which are no more than a title, a Pixabay picture which inspired me and an idea. I know that on days when I have no ideas, there is a lot already in my drafts folder that I could work on.

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