The Insecure Writers’ Support Group posts the first Wednesday of the month. It is a where writers can write about their insecurities without feeling threatened. If you're reading this as a writer and have any insecurities about your writing, join us. Every month we have a new question to answer.
This month's question is: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
Yes, I have, and yes it did--just not the way I had planned. Why?
I've always loved to read. Short stories are my favorite no matter the genre. Flannery O'Connor and Stephen King are my short-story idols, but I love them all: science fiction, drama, action and adventure, mystery, horror, and yes even romance. I rarely meet a short story I don't like. The problem is, no matter how well-written they don't have the "meat" of a full-length book.
I tried my hand, or typewriter, with a romance novel in the 1990s. I was a member of Music City Romance Writers and felt inspired. It received many rejections. Following the advice from my rejections, I rewrote the manuscript last year.
It isn't bad, but it isn't great either. What's the problem? It just isn't me. I recalled that while I was writing it, I got bored with the story. Rewriting it was even worse. The process did one important thing for me. It made me realize I need to stop trying to write something I think might sell (Romance Novels) and get back to writing what I enjoy: short stories. Whether they sell or not, that's what I do.
Have you ever tried to force yourself into a niche in which you don't belong? How did it work out for you?