a project begins

My new project is a romance novel I wrote a few years ago.  This story has been rewritten/edited/revised – at least three times.  A review of the file dates show a concentration for a few months on each version, then a year or more untouched.   I remember each reason why this story was put on the shelf.

The creative process does benefit from a resting stage, so the author can return with fresh eyes and perspective and catch a bunch of words that are just wrong.

To begin my new project, I have reread what was printed out two years ago.  I’m still excited about the characters, the story, the potential.  However, it was agonizingly SLOW to read those 400 pages.  I had to slap my own hand many times to prevent editing.  I silently screamed at the writer I was:  BACKSTORY!  PASSIVE VOICE!  MOTIVATION! POV!

But I was also impressed at dynamic scenes, vibrant settings, snappy dialogue, and layers of plot and characterization that I had forgotten.  Too cool!  It is time to begin plot-storming a whole new storyboard.  Wee Hee!

Do you have a project on a shelf or tucked under a bed?  Maybe it’s time to take a fresh look at what was and imagine what could be created.

About Terri Patrick
Writer of Romance and Memoir. Life is an adventure, take that journey.

3 Responses to a project begins

  1. Stacey Warner says:

    I do have a project tucked away and i started writing on it last year but it is not the project for now.

    i’m starting a new project this january. i’m taking a class and i’m so excited.

    much love


  2. terripatrick says:

    I began 2008 by returning to college and taking every class offered that was related to writing and story. I even took classes on public speaking and screenwriting. It is such an awesome journey to be open to learning and surrounded by many in that same place.



  3. Rose Lefebvre says:

    I will pull out old poems and re-read them, seeing where I can make changes and improve them. So far, I have not gotten to that mystery murder suspense movel I want to write….one day I will…


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