Pending Posts

Checking the hard drive of my computer to see what posts I’ve been working on, and to complete some of them for future publishing, I’ve come to realize there are so many waiting to see the daylight. After a quick count, I noticed there are more than one hundred!

There are six folders: Entertainment (2); Fiction (29); Memories (0); Projections (1); Thoughts (62); and Uncategorized (8). -The six categories I have in this blog. The biggest numbers are in Fiction and Thoughts, while the smallest (0) is in the Memories folder, which is of no surprise, considering my terrible memory :(

Every time an idea comes to mind I write whatever comes out and place the “project” in the appropriate folder, ready to be completed when there’s more time available. Unfortunately, the original idea seems to vanish completely when I try to retake the post to complete it.

Perhaps the worst part is that ideas come to mind in the most “inappropriate” circumstances, like when driving in my delivery shift, when in the shower, etc. In some instances it is of no problem to just grab a piece of paper and write down the name of the post, the general idea, and some quick notes to help the future writing. But when the time comes to actually take the task of completing the posts (a couple of days later), my mind either becomes blank, or I can’t see the reason or logic of the original idea, making worthless the whole point.

I’ve tried (when possible) not to stop writing when the idea comes around, and simply postpone whatever I was doing at the time, but usually there’ll be some research involved, and the time required to complete the whole process force me to still leave the post for future complexion.

The result is more than one hundred posts waiting and nothing ready to publish.

-Does it happen to you?
-What procedure do you use to write those ideas that cannot be completed at once?
-How do you organize your writings in your computer?

Let me know in the comment section.

Raul

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4 Responses to Pending Posts

  1. Kelvin Kao says:

    I don’t usually save those thoughts on my computer. I usually save them online, mainly because I am a computer programmer and I switch between computers all the time. Sometimes I put a draft in my WordPress, or a draft in my email, or put it in Google Wave. I just write a few words. But really, sometimes I would look at it again later and not remember why I wrote down something.

    A good chunk of these ideas never actually get written though. If I was too busy to write it back then, I am probably too busy to write it now. If it’s not important enough for me to start writing (unlike you, I am on a computer most of the day) at that moment, it’s probably not important enough for me to write it later.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Kelvin,

    I can imagine, if spending lots of time in the computer everyday, it wouldn’t be very enticing to seat in front of it to write posts. I’m glad to hear though it doesn’t worry you, or complicate your day! Still, I wait for your posts, and I’m sure many people is in my same situation about your writing :)

    Raul
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  2. Patricia says:

    This is my daily dilemma, I will be doing other tasks and all these ideas pour forth and I can not write them down…I tried when the children were little to keep a note book and pen around my neck…it just became a mish mash or a perpetual grocery list and what to take to the soccer field! and my neck was tired!

    I wish you well and let us all know when you figure it out how to get all those posts written!
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Patricia,

    Yeap! The notepad can be a great idea, if only was used for the intended purpose, and not for everything else.

    Still, writing something that makes sense at the moment, to find later it doesn’t make sense at all, can be really frustrating some times. I guess it just proves we are our thoughts depending on every specific situation, which means we change our own personality many times throughout the day.

    Raul
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