The care and feeding of Living Documents

Story Empire

Craig here. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the one in the group wearing a beard. I want to talk about the value of living documents as a writer.

A living document is one that lives on the hard drive, and changes over time. This could be a list, or better yet, a collection of lessons. I feel better knowing I have a quick reference point when outlining and writing a story.

I’ve been working on short form tales lately, and I keep a simple list. When I write one of the stories, I delete it off the list. When the Muse visits, I add to the list. Pretty basic stuff.

The bigger list is called Writing Lessions. I may have gotten to the writing game late in life, but I’m studious, and I put in the hours. When something clicks with me, I write it on…

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