The Death of a Writer

Such an important topic, and one I think of often since losing a dear writing friend just over a year ago. What will be come of all her files and manuscripts? Will her non-writing family treasure them as I – or other fellow writers – would?

Difficult discussions…

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I’ve been reading my dearest friend’s journals. Spiral-bound notebooks, cloth-covered hardbacks, loose-leaf paper in three-ring binders. Sorting out teenage angst and adult story notes, false starts and full pages. Some of the words are casual, some inspiring, some sad.

I’m also digging through her computer. Looking at old story outlines and half-drafts of essays. Working on breaking into her phone.

I’m not snooping.

I’m her executor.

My friend wasn’t especially organized, but two other close friends and I found what we could after her death, tried to piece together what was worth keeping, what would be a beautiful memory and what was garbage. It was good for the three of us to read her old journals. We threw away the teenage angst and kept some of her adult musings. We pulled some of her unfinished writing from her old laptop and put it in a Dropbox so we could all…

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2 responses to “The Death of a Writer”

  1. This is something that has haunted me for years. And I have no good answer right now. So many of my private thoughts are buried among notes and story ideas and odd bits of description and dialogue. Who would I trust to handle them with respect and care?Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


    1. I worry about that for my work too. :-/


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