Obsolete writing

Obsolete writing refers to writing that has become obsolete due to reasons including (1) the author has changed their mind on the subject; (2) a better version of the same kind of document has been published; (3) the writing had some purpose that it used to serve and no longer serves (e.g. an advertisement for a product that no longer exists). Note that even obsolete writing can be useful for archival, anthropological, or legal purposes.

It is common for writing to become obsolete.



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Dealing with obsolete writing

There are various ways to deal with a piece of writing once it has become obsolete:


What traits do obsolete writing have in common? Maybe:


It can be disheartening for writers to discover that much of their writing has become obsolete.

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