Do you have a pile of old stories or a manuscript gathering dust? Don’t throw the away – repurchase them.
Not Pictured: That Manuscript. This is a completely different one.
I wrote a scene for a book ten years ago.
Shit. Writing that sentence was the first time I stopped to do that particular math. Fuck. That was longer ago than I thought.
Anyway, this was my first finished book. It sucked. I mean, it’s not spectacularly bad– it doesn’t physically hurt me to read it, like some of my earlier, unfinished stories–but it still sucks. It will remain in cold storage indefinitely, or until the sun explodes and burns us all to a crisp.
But there was this one scene. I liked it. I still like it. Not the way it was written, because, dude, I was just starting out then. I had spent the previous six years writing academic papers. My fiction writing was not great, to say the least. I could over-explain like a boss, though.
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I am doing this lately…looking at old pieces, trying to turn them into…something.
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Me too! I’m also going back to my rejection letters and any that had a personal note attached, giving it a second look. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.