Today I determined to go through all of my ideas and notes from my years of writing, only some of which were coherent (considering I was a child when I wrote part of my notes). It got me thinking about how important review is for a writer.
I was always told by teachers in school the importance of reviewing your notes to study for tests and learn the knowledge thoroughly. Similarly, I find it is easy to write down notes for fun writing and never compress them or review them. This is unwise, especially when any notes you write early on in a project could make you remember what you were thinking at the story’s incarnation. You might remember why you fell in love with your story to begin with.
On the other hand, there was a lot of notes I found that were repetitive (like two very similar plot ideas), which I combined or compressed.
So, if you, like me, are a hoarder of writing notes, take some time to once in a while go over your notes. It will make your stories get better and, at the very least, show you how much you’ve grown since first starting to write.