The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Today, I joined the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The first Wednesday of each month, all members of this group have the opportunity to respond to a question on their blogs.
Why I Joined
I’m excited about this group, because I need to focus and finally finish a story–no matter how terrible I might think it is. I hope that, by connecting with fellow writers, I can motivate myself to write instead of merely thinking about writing. I honestly don’t know if this group is intended for people like myself who have never actually finished a book. I’m hoping I fit into the group.
Today’s IWSG question is:
Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
I have reworked many old stories, but never actually finished any of them. So I can’t say whether they worked out.
When I rework an old story, I’m usually intending on changing some things and continuing the story. Then, life gets in the way, or I get discouraged and quit. If I wouldn’t waste time reworking, maybe I could get to the end.
As of today, I have been reworking and reworking the following stories:
-A mother must remember her special abilities if she is to save her son from a body-snatching sorcerer.
When Monsters Come
-When a mage’s portal amplification device disrupts the veil between the realms, supernatural creatures run amok on Earth, and a human woman is pulled into a quest to shut down the machine. (in same world as next two stories, much earlier)
“Black Magic Betrayal”
-A witch is accused summoning demons that kill her friend, and she fights to clear her name. (short story prequel to Wanted: Witch)
-A former witch, punished with a transmogrification spell that didn’t work as intended (she’s only a cat during the day), must prevent her coven from taking over her city with a demon horde.
-A veterinarian struggles to save a comatose alpha werewolf while another pack tries to take over his territory.
-After the death of his daughter, a man travels on foot along railroad tracks, trying to escape reality. When he witnesses a man dumping the body of a young girl, he reports it to authorities, but ends up becoming their primary suspect.
-A psychic uses her dead-dowsing ability to track a serial killer, inadvertently making herself a target for his twisted desires.
House of Cups
-The stepdaughter of a noble flees to avoid a loveless, arranged marriage to the ruthless head of a rival house and, while being chased by her intended, meets the man of her dreams who is much more than he seems.
-When a spell goes wrong, a witch and her male friend are transported back in time to Salem, shortly after the Witch Trials. While there, she discovers a demon’s influence over the historic events.
As you can see, I have lots of incomplete projects. The reworking needs to stop.
I need to get off my booty and get them done. I think I need to stop reworking and just move forward. Write, write, write until I get to the end. Reworking is probably good for people who have written the entire piece and didn’t like it, so put it aside. It’s not good for people like me who can’t seem to finish the dang things because they are always going back and changing things, never moving forward to the end.
I need to put insecurities aside and just get one of them done!