I was over at Tina's blog, Sweet Niblets, and stumbled across the fact that she's hosting a Bad Boy Blogfest...
Which instantly brought to mind my personal, favorite bad boy Hunter Collins...
He made his appearance in one of my early novels and has retained a piece of my heart ever since. So, in preparation to the Bad Boy Blogfest (BBB) I went back to Hunter's story and began reading through to find a tidbit to post for the Blogfest. After skimming through his story it made me wonder....
When we move on from a WIP it's generally because we've grown as writers. That causes those particular WIP to stall out, not work, or just has way too many issues to go through and fix (at least that's how it works for me).
Either the characters are not very strong or the plot is way off the map or a combination of both. Either way, when I do happen to reread an early WIP I can always tell I’ve grown as a writer. I tend to shake my head and think “Wow… Imagine where I’ll be in another year when I learn even more!”
Therefore, I've always lived by a Love 'Em & Leave 'Em mentality with those WIPs. I have tons of WIPs like that. Scattered all over my hard drives on my laptop and desktop, not to mention saved on disks, floppy's (yeah, from that long ago) and flash drives. I don't have the heart to delete them, but I know that most of them are not worth trying to resurrect.
Having skimmed through Hunter’s story, I didn’t have my moment of head shaking. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I know that plot has holes in it the size of
I still love their story.
When I read through the WIP looking for what I wanted to add for the BBB I fell in love with all of them again. Just from the few minutes that I spent with them. Doesn’t that make them worth spending the time it would take to advance their story to my experience?
What’s your take on your past WIPs? Do you keep rewriting them until they fit your experience? Or do you stand by a Love ‘Em & Leave ‘Em mentality? Is there that one WIP, that one Character, that stays in your mind often that would be worth revitalizing their story?