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The other day I was looking through files on my flash drive and came across my first novel, Spiral. It’s about a manager at a luxury apartment complex who discovers that one of her tenants murdered someone she went to school with. I remember getting the idea, thinking it was silly and then sharing it with a friend who encouraged me to write it. I wrote it, shared it with friends, and then set about writing many a bad query letter in an attempt to get representation.

After I was unable to get an agent I tossed the novel out with the baby and the bathwater. It was awful, I’d told myself. And it would never see the light of day. Well. Imagine my surprise when I started reading the novel again and started getting goose pimples. I held my breath as the protagonist learns who the killer is and it dawned on me; the damn novel is good.

There are parts of unnecessary dialogue  (sometimes once my characters start talking you be done knit yourself a sweater…) and moments that I rushed through, but otherwise, it’s a solid piece. I’m currently going through it right now, trimming fat in some places and adding it in others. Since I’ve caught the indie fever I’m going to probably put this one out in February.

I wrote the novel 4 years ago and I am totally able to look at it with fresh eyes. It’s true what they say; never throw anything away. So glad I didn’t! It’s been fun getting reacquainted with these characters all over again.


8 thoughts on “Revisiting

  1. I am glad you didn’t toss your book completely out. As a writer, I think we all go through the feeling of our books not being good enough, especially after receiving a lot of rejections. I would always read books by specific authors and tell myself, “I don’t write like that!” And then I’d hate myself and my writing. But it’s a good thing that our writing isn’t like that of other authors. 🙂

    I have been seeking representation for my supernatural-thriller for many, many years, but I know my book is good, because when I read it I am reacting as a reader would, like you did when you read your book. I was biting my nails, holding my breath, cursing, and freaking out even though I wrote it. And that is the best compliment a writer can give themselves.

    Good luck with your book!

    • Hi Chrys, thanks for stopping by! You’re right; we all go through periods of doubt with our novels but at the end of the day it’s so important to just believe in ourselves. That’s why it’s so great to hear encouraging words from other writers who are going through the same thing. Good luck with your supernatural thriller. And if you believe the novel is good, I would just step out on faith and publish independently. The important thing is connecting with readers even if you don’t reach them through an agent or traditional pubber. Good luck to you!
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  2. I was going over some old work of mine and said the same thing, “man, this is good.” You’re right – looking at something with a fresh set of eyes is sooo helpful. I don’t think that any ideas die, it just needs to be in the right format or maybe at a later time.
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    • You’re right! Don’t we always come back to things with a new perspective? It’s a great feeling (or sometimes, I go back to something I thought was great and then think, “Whoo; glad nobody ready that mess!”)

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