Hope was one of my first characters. Six years ago I participated in my first NaNoWriMo. I like to challenge myself for NaNo, so I chose to force myself to write the most romantic drivel I could manage. Look, the book is bad. Really bad. However, there is (forgive the pun) hope for it. I need to rewrite it, but there are so many books and so little time.
Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost hope that I’ll ever be able to finish Hope.
I mean, there are so many things in it that I love. The epic laser tag game. I mean, I want to HAVE that game in my town. The Indian culture, the awakening to Jesus–it’s all fascinating to me. Not to mention, a first exposure (forgive the unintentional semi-pun there) to Song of Solomon. I saw things in that book while writing this book that I’d never seen before (and freaked me out I might add).
So it got me thinking. How do you know when to pick up an “old” manuscript, pull it out, polish it up, and set it free? If you think you need to rewrite it, then does that mean it doesn’t need to be written at all? Is it time for the “slag heap” or is the time already invested if you don’t give it a fair chance just wasted?
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