Hanging on mine are notecards, five sets of notecards. They are labeled as follows:
Programs is a collection of programs I have never written, and the other four are stories or ideas for stories in various states of completion. But, they, both note cards and the whole hanging system, are failures.
I have not written a word on the stories up there in at least a year, and I could not tell you what programs I have not yet written either. But, I keep them up.
One reason is that they remind me, that even in the face of failure, work continues. And some days I need that. I need to know, as Adam from Mythbusters loves to say, “failure is always an option”. The talent/skill is know when that time has come. When it is time to cut bait and move on.
Another reason is that I don’t ever see a writing or programming project as a complete failure. There is always a corpse to pick over. There are ideas, characters, lines, processes, methods, etc. that I might be able to use somewhere else. At some point I will fillet those old ideas, transfer them into the new system (there is always a new system) and pick up what I can.
Keep writing and make each day better than the last.