Neglecting Your Novels

Do you ever neglect your novels?

Like have you ever written a first draft, tucked it away, and never returned to it? Even though you promised yourself that after some time away from your first draft, you’ll go back and revise your manuscript. Hopefully, making your novel (a million times) better.

No?

It’s just me then? Okay good to know.

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51 thoughts on “Neglecting Your Novels

  1. I do that too! But I generally get to the ending, decide that the ending doesn’t work and go back and rewrite the whole thing again because I find that there are too many holes or that the plot isn’t working in the last rewrite of it or some other excuse that I think is good enough for me to rewrite the whole thing again.

    1. I know how that feels. I always get to the ending and decide it doesn’t work at all with the rest of the novel. That’s probably why I abandon the novel for a period of time until I think of an ending that actually works.

  2. Yikes! This is quite well timed as I’ve just returned to a novel I’ve been slaving over for almost three years after a four month break.
    Most of my novels aren’t that lucky… I’ve probably five not-even-finished first drafts.

  3. I returned to something I wrote after a four year break and diligently worked on it for a few months before slacking off again. It has been a year since. Things like this do happen 🙂

  4. I’ve been pretty good about keeping up with my current book. It’s slow going, but I’ve knocked out four draft revisions in the past year. I’ve taken weeks, or even a month off at a time. But it’s still been in the back of my mind constantly.

    However, there is a draft I wrote about two years ago that I truly did put in a drawer and abandon. I recently discovered it, was pretty surprised at how decent it was, and I want to finish it sometime this year. So I think letting first drafts “stew” for a bit is very normal for a writer!

    1. Nice. A few weeks is a good amount of time. After all, breaks from a novel are necessary.

      The same thing happened to me recently. I discovered something I wrote last year and I was taken aback by it. The writing was sort of good. True it needs some revision, but never in a million years did I expect to read a decent first draft written by me of all people. I agree with you. As long as you come back to them!

  5. I’ve done that with four manuscripts. Then I wrote “Detective Florence” and realized that’s “the one” so I’ve been working on that. I still hope to go back to the others someday.

    1. Look at you go. When I’ve gone back to previous manuscripts I wrote years ago, I have this out of body experience. Good luck with Detective Florence and your other manuscripts. I hope you finish everything you start. Unlike me. 😉

  6. I managed to edit my first novel and then I started the rewrite, but I got so confused when I was rewriting that it’s just been sitting on my desk until I can bring myself to come back to it hopefully soon 😛

      1. Thanks 🙂 it’ll definitely happen one day. I’m going to try and get ahead on some other things so I have time to sit down and work on it without getting distracted 🙂

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