How to Write Full Time & Stay Sane: Keep a “Worth Saving” E-mail Folder

How to Write Full Time and Stay Sane is a series that offers advice to full-time writers about how to stay productive and in good spirits.

With all the heartwrenching horrendous kick-you-in-the-gut stressful days you will undoubtedly experience as a writer, you’re in need of a little pick-me-up from time to time. So . . . when alcohol crying chocolate beagle snuggling exercise doesn’t quite get those endorphins a-flowin’, I have another solution for ya: a “Worth Saving” e-mail folder.

I’ve been keeping one for a while—it’s just an extra e-mail folder where I store e-mails that give me the warm fuzzies.  I’m not talking forwards here—unless that’s your thing—but anything that makes you feel . . . well, good.

Mine isn’t all writing related—many are just convos with friends that make me laugh or smile. It cheers me up to look in there every now and then!  🙂

Even as I’m typing this, I’m like, “Ricki, that is the corniest thing I’ve ever heard—and what’s even worse?  You’re announcing it on the Internet.”  But, when you’re writing full time, you need corny, people.  Deal with it.

So I hold my head up high.  And I keep my inbox (relatively) clear, since my pack rat tendencies of the e-mail variety are stowed away for when I really need them. 🙂

9 thoughts on “How to Write Full Time & Stay Sane: Keep a “Worth Saving” E-mail Folder

  1. I love this idea! A few years ago I used to print out funny snippets of emails or text messages from friends and then tape them to my wall…and then when I was *really* bored, I’d rearrange them and make funny sentences that had absolutely nothing to do with anything (like those fridge magnets). And then my cat ripped them down.
    But this is a much more organized way of doing it. 🙂

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  3. I heart you.

    I’ve been so frustrated lately I think I might have to start doing this. I have been using coffee and chocolate, but it’s really just making me twitchy. 😉

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