Some stories, I believe, deserve to be finished. I have stacks and stacks of what I lovingly call UFOs, my favorite unfinished objects. As any writer knows, going through old works can be the very definition of mixed blessing. Sometimes we uncover gems. More often than not, we uncover pieces of writing that make us cringe in a lot of places. But shake the dust off those pieces, and there are kernels of good work hiding.
I recently dusted off something I started four years ago. Wanting to see if it still held any merit, I sat down to read. Aside from some grammatical conventions that really made me shudder, I realized it wasn’t bad. I spent the bulk of the day yesterday rereading (and changing all those annoying punctuation quirks) before deciding to sleep on things. Is the story salvageable? I think so. Knowing more than I knew then, I can see where changes need to be made, where antagonists need to be introduced, and where the meat of things needs to be plumped up. It feels like a go to me, and I believe with these modifications I can almost double the length and make it workable. The bigger question is whether or not I can recapture the mood and the intent from the past and make it work with what I’ve become in the present.
I know what I’ll be working on this January!
In the meantime, as a first-time published author, I can’t go without mentioning a few things here.
- Being published is fun!
- Check out the book! Available on Amazon.
- While you’re there, please take a moment to “like” the page.
- If this makes you long for a $25 Amazon gift certificate, you can enter to win one courtesy of Dragonthology and Untold Press.
- We also have a blog tour, starting with WordPress’ very own Julie Campbell.
There we have it. Happy 2013! May your year be filled with creativity!