Re-reading Your Old Work. Yikes.

I found myself, as is pretty typical, unable to sleep last night, but I was fresh out of ideas and/or will to revise, there was nothing new to read on, and I didn't feel like reading any of the myriad of books I own.

So I sat and re-read Last Request, which was the last book I wrote and currently resides in a file on my computer. I tried to revise this into a workable second draft and I couldn't quite find my way through the unfamiliar and murky waters of revision at the time, so I put it away. I felt a compulsion to read it last night.

Haven't looked at it in months, maybe even a year.

I still like the story, but yeah, I think the paranormal parts and the darker, more emotional stuff didn't mesh very well.  I remember thinking, at the end while writing it, that maybe the paranormal stuff could be taken out and the relationship--the love triangle, quite frankly--could really stand on its own as a story.

Reading it last night, the feeling I got was that Eva and Brix's friendship and relationship was the strongest component. I like the lead characters, what can I say? I think there are some real moments between them, which I was naturally pleased to read, in a total "Ooh! I wrote that? Self-impressed!" kind of way.

The story itself is super melodramatic and angsty. I noticed a lot of em-dashes going on and a lot of physical reactions to events, which I now think should not be used as a reaction or as subtext so much.

But there's definitely still something I connect to in Eva's cynical narrative. I think the theme is that you have to get out of yourself in order to understand yourself better.

It's a weird business, re-reading your past work, and it's particularly strange when the work garnered varied and odd reactions among my friends, too.

 There wasn't much connection between the friendship/relationship and the paranormal aspect--or really, the different settings, either--but I liked the coming-of-age stuff.

And I liked the tension in the book, too. I didn't think I wrote tension all that well, but it was there.

But, lord, those dashes--Did I think this was an effective way to emphasize that Eva is a fast talker, that her mind is constantly working? Because stylistically, it doesn't work!


Popular posts from this blog

Interview with House of Falling Embers author Krystal Jane Ruin!

Two Weeks into 2019

Anastasia The Musical