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(Literary Hub)   Why do some writers burn their work? I submitted this with 47 much worse headlines the world will never see   ( divider line
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2020-05-15 11:47:49 AM  
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Quisnam sum ego, chopped liver?
2020-05-15 11:54:11 AM  
What work?  I don't see any work here.

/kicks ashes
2020-05-15 12:00:09 PM  
If more writers did this, greedy estate controllers wouldn't be able to inflict travesties like "Go Set a Watchman" on the world.
2020-05-15 12:43:47 PM  
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I used to, but it got too expensive.
2020-05-15 12:48:02 PM  

Pocket Ninja: If more writers did this, greedy estate controllers wouldn't be able to inflict travesties like "Go Set a Watchman" on the world.

Losing control of your legacy is certainly a factor in those end-of-life bonfires.

So is bipolar disorder, I suspect.

As a sometimes-artist, sometimes-computer programmer, I think when you've poured a bunch of time and energy into a project that's fundamentally flawed or not working in some way, it's incredibly demoralizing and frustrating. If you eventually decide to start over from scratch (which itself is incredibly cathartic in the "admitting you have a problem" sense), a certain amount of ritual around the process can be helpful to mentally reset.

That can absolutely include a symbolic (or actual) destruction of previous work, but my IT background says "never delete anything" so for me it's usually a walk in the park and a long lunch.
2020-05-15 1:09:21 PM  
I know Franz Kafka burned the vast majority of what he wrote, and like half of his published works were published posthumously because the guy he left them to, and instructed to burn them without reading them, just ignored his request.
2020-05-15 1:17:45 PM  
Some of my best work would be burn-worthy if it was on actual paper. One piece in particular poured out of my fingers practically without my involvement, and after a couple of days my inspiration simply vanished. It would be an artistic mistake as well as a big pain in my ass to try to finish it. I still have it, but when that hard drive finally bites it or the file format becomes extinct, I'll make no effort to save it. As good as it could have been, it already served its purpose. Something inside me had to get out, and it got out.
2020-05-15 1:26:27 PM  
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2020-05-15 1:28:15 PM  
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2020-05-15 2:25:47 PM  
рукописи не горят
2020-05-15 3:23:10 PM  
2020-05-15 5:49:30 PM  
and now you lose. there was a Greek mystic and the leader did not want to pay the price for all four volumes. So she burned one of the books.

and so on. I understand. Being Irish, your biggest loss is me leaving.
2020-05-15 7:35:34 PM  
The Toby Ziegler Method
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