I recently removed a four-book series (The Fairytale Series) from my Wattpad profile.
A week prior to that, I announced that I was going to take a break from the site and go on a bit of a hiatus.
A month before that, I started watching Marie Kondo‘s show on Netflix, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.
Re-discovering the KonMari method, which I’d heard about years before, made me realize something: I was hanging on to things that no longer brought me joy. While some of those things were clothes and knick-knacks, some of them were my own stories.
I thought simply taking a break would be enough to maybe feel that joy again, but I quickly began to realize that it wouldn’t be enough. Those stories had to go. I needed them and (readers’ interaction with them) to stop taking up valuable real estate in my mind.
So I sat down and asked myself a simple question.
“Do these stories spark joy?”