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One of my New Years resolutions was to declutter my house. It’s going relatively well. I still haven’t tackled the accursed garage but I’ve gotten rid of a disused chair and jettisoned my husband’s college dorm room artwork.

In my writing room, I had a shelf filled with back issues of The Writer, Writer’s Digest, and Poets & Writers. I’d read the issues and dutifully filed them away in plastic magazine   holders. Why? I hadn’t look at a one in almost four years. Do you keep old magazines? Do you ever go back and look at them?


The lower section of my wire shelving unit is now empty. I’ve gone through all the back issues and ripped out the best articles. Then, I found this odd filing purse my sister-in-law gave me as a present once, and organized the articles by subject. Now, when a want some wisdom on characterization or overcoming writer’s block, I can go to that section and read about it. Is there a pile of clutter in your writing room? How are you going to tackle it?