Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IWSG March


It's the first Wednesday of March--that means it's IWSG Day!

The IWSG is a large support group of writers and we post every first Wednesday of the month, following the lead of the founder, Alex J. Cavanagh. Our co-hosts for March are IWSG will be Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!


Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it ever work out?

First, define "really old." Have I pulled out a story I wrote in college and reworked it? No. Book the First was pretty much the last gasp of anything I was holding onto from college.

But Pearl was basically a completely gutted and reworked version of a novel I wrote, which I'm now picking apart and expanding for other stories, because you don't actually need that crap novel to understand the stories, I think. The story was better from Pearl's POV.

Anything older than, say, the beginning of this blog isn't really worth revisiting. It's not complete; a lot of it is slapdash and I don't think I could really relate to the characters anymore, if indeed those characters were characters and not just my friends placed into a story.

Also, we don't talk about the reams of fanfiction I wrote pre-, during, and post-college.

*Ahem*






13 comments:

  1. Hmm, I wonder if shelving a novel for three years and then reworking parts and editing it counts? Because I did that once, right after college with the book I wrote my freshman year. It didn't helped too much, but I felt better. :D Other than that, I'm always planning to rework something, but I haven't actually done it yet. Haha.

    Pearl is great. ^_^

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    1. I mean, I have another novel I wrote--I think it's tagged on here--but I have no plans to redo that thing. It was *so* disjointed and melodramatic and angsty.

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  2. I do wonder if we lose our attachment to characters over time. I'll be curious to see in say ten years time if I can relate to the characters I'm writing about now.

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    1. I think I certainly did--but then again, my characters weren't really all that character-like for a while, so there's nothing there to relate to! Ha!

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  3. Hey, nothing wrong with fanfiction. Writing is writing, and you can improve your craft writing anything.

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    1. True, but they were real person fics and frankly, they were terrible.

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  4. I love 'define old'. There are MSs from years ago I'd never blink at again. But 'middle-aged' ones aren't as bad and show hope. It's amazing how many ppl revamp things and get them sold (I'm noticing this on this month's IWSG.)

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    1. I can pick out certain lines, turns of phrase, characters that I like in old things, but yeah, in general, nothing I'd want to revisit.

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  5. At least your really old novel you wrote turned into something better, like Pearl. And you have fodder for other stories. I say woot to that!

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    1. True, true. I'm basically ripping it apart and spinning better stories out of it.

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  6. Pearl is a wonderful story!
    Your *ahem* moment at the end of the post made me smile.

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