Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG's purpose is to share and encourage. A place where 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.
The awesome co-hosts for this month's post are Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson. Please pop by and thank them.
The 'Better Late Than Never' part of the post title has a double meaning - I forgot about this month's post (apologies for anyone who visited yesterday) and it's never too late to rework an old story. But before I answer this month's question, I need to discuss my current insecurities.
I've been trying to put together a writing master plan to cover the next five years. A sort of road map for my various projects. It's not been going well. Every time I sit down to do it, I scare myself silly with just how much I want to achieve and convince myself that whatever book series I go with first (I have several), it will be the wrong decision. Does anyone else have this problem and then become paralyzed with fear?
I would have stayed paralyzed where it not for my other half. While he does tend to race forward with any idea he has almost immediately, he achieves so much more than I because he just gets on with it one task at a time. This made me realise that while having a plan is a great idea, it isn't as important as getting the day-to-day tasks done and that the plan itself is made up of thousands of smaller, achieveable steps. It's the smaller steps I need to concentrate on to make real progress. The long term plan will write itself.
Now for March's IWSG question:
Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
Yes. On more than one occasion. I tend to squirrel away any idea I have, including first drafts of stories I decided weren't good enough to progress further. I'm a natural story hoarder. Some of those stories, after major rewrites, ended up in my short story collections. I turned them into stories I loved. I know we've all heard this advice hundreds of times, but never throw anything you write away. Ever.
That's it for this month's IWSG post. Does concentrating on smaller steps work for you? Have you reworked an old story and made it work?