It's time to share our thoughts, insecurities, and encouraging words. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and our co-hosts Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, Nicohle Christopherson for keeping IWSG going. Not a member? Want to know more about the group? Click here.
March IWSG Day Question:
Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
Yes! I'm working on it now. So far, I think it's working. :)
Today I thought I'd share some encouraging words from professionals in the business that I picked up from writing conferences I've attended.
“What would ten-year-old Tony want that old Tony can now make?” –Tony Diterlizzi
“A book becomes timeless when a story captures a moment of intimacy between author and reader.” – Arthur Levine
“There are no shortcuts. Slow down. Focus on what you can control.” – Steven Malk
How are you doing? Any insecurities? Have you reworked an old story? Any encouraging words to share?
I'm reworking an old one too right now. Fun times! You'll beat me to the finish though, because I'm working on a series of novellas that are due for publication first. *sigh* Writing was so much easier before deadlines, eh?ReplyDelete
Sometimes deadlines are a good thing. I hope to finish mine by summer so I can get it out to beta readers. Right now, I'm working on adding small details to better show the world and the characters emotions.Delete
Glad it's working!ReplyDelete
Yes, I have successfully worked an old story.
And hit Amazon's best seller list. I love to hear success stories like yours.Delete
I spend so long writing a story that I can look back at early chapters and have it feel like an old story that needs to be reworked. Sometimes it cheers me up to see that it's in better shape than I remembered. Sometimes it's in worse shape and I cringe.ReplyDelete
I've been there. Thank goodness for word processing programs. Can you imagine revising on a type writer?Delete
I have successfully done so, ended up being the second book I released. I'll mark that as a win.ReplyDelete
I would too. :)Delete
Thanks for the encouraging quotes. I love that one about a moment of intimacy.ReplyDelete
Me too. :)Delete
Love that Arthur Levine quote! Hope your reworking continues to go well.ReplyDelete
Bravo to you for working on something old and turning it into gold! Hey, I rhymed! I really loved the quote about ten-year-old-tony, so thank you for putting that one up!ReplyDelete
My pleasure. :)Delete
I hear what Malk's saying. I just wish he were wrong. I'd love to get where I'm going much faster.ReplyDelete
That would be nice. ;)Delete
I recently pulled one out of moth balls, stripped it down to the studs and started to rebuilt. There is a lot of cringing and "what was I thinking" involved in the process, but I love the feeling of finally making it work.ReplyDelete
That is a great feeling. :)Delete