Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a monthly blog hop where writers share their insecurities support each other. Easy as that!
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
My second attempt at National Novel Writing Month in 2012 was a story with too many ideas and no real focus. A classic Nano disaster! But hey, I learned more about myself as a writer, what I wanted to write, and what I didn’t. (For the record: if you want to write sweet and funny young adult books, maybe don’t try writing a psychological thriller. I blame Gone Girl.)
I decided to take one of those too-many ideas from my messy Nano draft and turn it into a short story. Guess what? That story will be published in a young adult anthology later this year! Woohoo!
You could say it worked out, but I have to be honest here. It was really hard to take chunks of that old manuscript and turn into something new. After taking several chapters worth of content and revising it into its own complete 4,000 word story, my critique partners and two rounds of editing from the publisher morphed the prose further. I doubt much, if anything, was left from that original draft other than the character’s names.
So, was it worth it to even try to take the existing manuscript and form it into a new story? It was essentially completely rewritten. Then again, it’s hard to edit a blank page, right? The existing characters and setting and premise still exist, but different words tell their story.
My advice to anyone trying to do this is to not stress to hard about keeping the original content. Take your ideas, your characters, maybe your setting, and then go ahead and rewrite.
Happy March everyone! What goals do you have for the month?