Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Just Delete it Already

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Confession.

I’m a hoarder. Not stuff, but emails.

Recently, I noticed that daily emails I receive from various sites and blogs weren’t making it to my inbox. When I tried to re-subscribe to those that had gone MIA, I received a message that I was already a subscriber. A few weeks later, I stopped receiving email from friends who said they had emailed. Something was wrong.

When I searched Outlook’s help section, there were several reason explanations. The one that jumped out at me was “You’ve reached your storage capacity.”

Okay, I knew I had at least fifty folders on various topics where I’d saved emails over the years, so I began to investigate the content of each folder. When I opened the folder labeled “Writing,” I found my problem. Since late 2010, I had saved over 4000 emails from writing blogs, literary agent blogs, writers whose books I loved, so I emailed them to let them know and they responded. All were emails I had read when initially received, but I found them helpful, so I decided to save them for future reference.

As I scrolled through email after email, I realized that future hadn’t arrived and probably never would. That’s when I began the daunting task of deciding which were keepers and which had to go. In the end, I saved the emails from other writers and deleted everything else. After all, I have bookcases packed with craft books that I’ve hoarded over the years. Of course, that’s another confession for another time.

Do you hit delete after reading your emails?

P.S. One email I did receive recently was from my editor at Harlequin. The release date for my book is March, 2017.  The working title is CAPTURE THE DREAM, but that will change.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

167 thoughts on “Just Delete it Already

  1. Much as I try to be ‘ruthless’ in deleting photographs, I am a hoarder there too. If the image won’t make an art print or a great scenic image, it surely has a sky I can use in a future composite? I find though if you give it time, it gets easier as some things become irrelevant or outdated, or your skills have changed and what was once new and great the eyes of time and experience see as ok to get rid of. But, meanwhile…..I REALLY need a bigger hard drive or a bigger array of external ones!!! 🙂

    PS: Same with emails here too!!

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  2. Great news about the book Jill, it must be so exciting 🙂 I love to have an empty inbox so I get rid of emails as soon as I can, but that often means moving them to folders – my folders at work must be huge and then the work email system archives them so you can’t always read them anyway – it’s one of those things I ‘must’ sort out but never do! My personal emails aren’t so bad thankfully, but I do have a writing folder too which is probably getting a bit big now!

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    • Thank you, Andrea! It has been exciting and honestly, a little unbelievable. I’m so jealous! I long to have an empty inbox, but for whatever reason, I struggle in that area. I’m great when it comes to tossing junk mail delivered to our home though. I think our writing folders will always be bulging. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  3. Congratulations on the release date for your book. That’s an awesome accomplishment. 🙂

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  4. Oh, Jill, I understand–I have 10,000 emails in my in box! I can’t keep up! I am excited for your book release, and wishing you great success in your writing.

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  5. So annoying: Finding blogs I love in my spam folder. Not yours, of course. Time to do some housecleaning, I guess. Always entertaining, Jill. And truthful!

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  6. Wowee…. congrats… now that’s an email worth keeping! I “try” to delete my emails after a while when they are no longer relevant… I used to be better at deleting them but these days there are sooooooo many it is hard work and I don’t want to do a global delete in case there is something important I overlooked.

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  8. So excited for your release date Jill it must feel good. Im not a romance reader Im a bit too gothic and dark with my reading but I wish you every success. I too have many emails and need to go through them and delete, thanks for the reminder. I guess you would be now working on another novel?

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