Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Back in the Drawer

My latest manuscript is out for reads. This doesn't mean I stop writing. I just move onto something else. Before I started this one, I was trying to rework an old manuscript. It's a good idea. There are good things about it, but overall it needs vast amounts of work. This is my first complete manuscript and it's been sitting in a drawer.

I took it out, tried starting it in a different place, switching to first person present from first person past and it's still not working for me. And now, it just feels old. Last night I was growing increasingly frustrated with it and though I still think it has potential, I've decided to put it back to rest.

It's hard to let go, but who knows, it still may come back out at a later date when I'm struck with inspiration.

Have you ever had to drop a manuscript and move on? Was it utterly painful?

1 comment:

Brigid Kemmerer said...

When my first novel was on submission, I wrote half a sequel. I loved where it was going, and I was absolutely in love with the characters. It was some of the best writing I'd ever done. When Tamar suggested I start something completely new, it was so hard to step away from that project.

I'm glad I did, obviously, since the new novel is the one that just sold, but every now and again I'll pull out that old one (it's on my Kindle) and read it and reminisce. Maybe one day...