The first Wednesday is again upon us. Today members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group share of thoughts about writing on our blogs. This is an amazing group of writers, published and unpublished, at various stages of their writing careers, coming together to support each other in their creative endeavors. I am thrilled to be part of it.
Each month our fearless leader, Alex J. Cavanaugh, poses a pithy question for our consideration. The March 1 Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
Short answers: yes and yes.
Because I can’t leave well enough alone, further elucidation.
I never throw anything away. I have all manner of notes on scraps of paper, partial outlines, scene cards, newspaper articles and pictures jammed in various folders. So it is not unusual for me to come across a long forgotten, abandoned project, at which time my muse will shout, “I loved that story! We have to finish it!”
I have had occasion to succumb to this enthusiasm. Whether it “worked out” is a rather nuanced concept.
I rewrote a couple of abandoned short stories to conclusion (a “worked out” for me). I also have a partial manuscript for a 1920’s historical cozy mystery that had been laying around for about 10 years. During the Downton Abbey craze, I worked on it like mad again for a few months through an on-line writing class. Predictably, the class ended and the project languished.
I had a recent occasion to skim some of the reworked pages of that project again. My immediate reaction was, OMG, this is absolutely dreadful! Was I drunk when I wrote this? Sadly, I cannot blame the wine. I am not sure any of it is even salvageable. But what “worked out” in that instance was that I sat my butt in a chair and consistently put several thousand words on the page, every day, for several weeks.
Even if a reworked piece isn’t viable commercially, the time spent improving a story is certainly valuable in terms of growth as a writer. And that works out for me.
Many thanks to the awesome co-hosts for this month’s blog hop: