Pick and Choose: Or Deciding What Info to Ignore

There is TOO MUCH information available.
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My name is Sue and I have a bad habit. I save e-mails with links to webinars that look interesting because I might some day decide to write a picture book biography or a chapter book series or . . .

You probably get the point.

The other day I was talking to a new children’s writer. When she mentioned feeling overwhelmed, I advised her to pick and choose the information that she keeps track of. “Save what you need right now. The rest will still be out there and it might be updated by the time you need it.”

Then today, I got another e-mail for a really interesting looking webinar.

Fortunately, my brain listens to me and that little voice had a thing or two to say. “What are you working on right now?” asked the little voice.

Me: A middle grade science fiction novel.

Little Voice: Anything else other than blog posts?

Me: When I finish that, I’ve got a nonfiction book proposal and a cozy.

Little Voice: That’s it?

Me: Way on the back burner, there’s that graphic novel and the memoir.

Fortunately, I got the point. Right now, I’m not doing anything that has to do with that particular webinar. So I don’t need to save it. I don’t need to squeeze it in. In fact, I can just ignore it. If I decide to do something that relates to it, I’ll do a couple of Google searches to find the information I need.

Whether you are a new writer or an experienced writer, it is tempting to hold on to information and bits and bobs of paper. And that’s fine if they relate to something you are working on or plan to work on in the immediate future.

There is so much information out there. If you hang on to a webinar for 3 years before you need the material, it probably will probably be out of date.

Focus on your current project(s). The rest? You’ll find it when you need it.