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.