IWSG Post #07

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March IWSG Day Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Recently, actually. It didn’t work out, but I did end up rereading some short pieces I wrote in 2010 and probably haven’t revisited since. It’s fascinating to read stuff you no longer have any idea where you were going with.

The reason it didn’t work out is because the new idea that had inspired me to look through my old writing didn’t quite fit with the characters I’d been thinking of. Which is kind of irritating, because I miss them and had gotten all excited over the idea that I might be able to get down a new piece of their story… but when I read back over what I had so far, I realized it wasn’t something that would happen to them.

But that’s okay, because I still wrote the new idea. Part one, anyway. The rest is still in progress and was partly spurred on by wanting to find something new to ground the initial concept in.

Maybe I’ll pull the old story out and fiddle with it next, after I’m done with this new project. It’s nice to be reminded of a story that I know I’ll put down on paper some day but don’t feel pressured or rushed to do so. Over the past two years that’s basically what my NaNoWriMo novels have been — big fancy excuses . I haven’t finished them either yet, but that’s okay too. They’ll come together when they’re ready.

(I’m still coasting on the gleeful fact that in the past two years and even just the past few months I’ve done a lot more original creative writing than I have in years. This should last for a while and I’m content with that.)

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IWSG Post #04

A few days late, oops. 


DECEMBER’S QUESTION: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there? 

I honestly don’t know if it’ll take five years, or more, or less, but I’ve got a good first draft of a novel now. Unlike my NaNo novel from last year, I don’t feel like I have to make so many radical changes that I can’t still use the majority of what I wrote this November, which puts me in a good position for tackling the second draft. I have one beta reader lined up (my lovely partner over at Musing to Pieces) and a couple more in mind. Maybe within a year or so I’ll have a readable draft that I can start seriously trying to get published. 

As for my 2015 NaNo novel, that still requires a lot of worldbuilding and rewriting before I can properly get to the beta readers stage. That’s my long term goal, though, is to get that published too.