Not related to junk, but related to collecting....
I just came back from the SCBWI Whispering Pines writing retreat this past weekend! What a great time it was! The mentor/editors Susan Burke from Simon and Schuster, Kathy Dawson from Harcourt, and Nancy Mercado from Dial were wonderful, warm, sharing and approachable.
I "collected" many ideas for being a better writer! NONE of them junk, though.
Now I am refreshed, rejuvenated, and rarin' to go!