Pack Rat: North American, derogatory – a person who saves unnecessary objects or hoards things.
I’ll tell the truth. I have always been a bit of a pack rat. I am embarrassed to think about how many useless items I store around my house. It’s annoying and I have been doing my best to break away from this habit. You know, taking the steps and all that. While I have been working on my physical habit, I never thought about the internal problem.
Confession; I am also a pack rat of the mind.
I revealed in an earlier post the number of graphic novel drafts I have walked away from. I looked at them again to realize something rather shocking…The very first draft I wrote dates back to July 19, 2017. At least we’re still in that year, right?
I know all authors handle their creative minds in their own way. I do my best to store ideas in my head until I’m able to write them down. And as soon as I can scribble down my thoughts I let my mind relax.
At what point do you think you should erase the old ideas entirely? I’ve put some thought into it and I think the best point to erase those thoughts is when you are finally done with your idea. You never know if you will need to look back at the original. Until it’s become something solid, it might be too risky to let all of your ideas disappear.
There’s nothing wrong with holding on to the ideas you think might be useful later on in your story’s build. All you can do is hope your notes will help you. As long as you erase them once the final edit comes to life it’s alright to store an endless list of thoughts.
Would you say your a pack rat of the mind? How to you clear out your thoughts?