Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Trunked Memories

I made a decision that I think will impact my writing for the next few years at the very least, and I think I'm happy about it. It took me a little while to get to this point.

I'm trunking my novel.

A few years ago, I participated in National Novel Writing Month, and "won" by completing a 50,000-word-plus novel called Memories of Home. I had a lot of fun writing it, felt great when finishing it, and learned a lot through the entire process. I enjoyed the story enough to think I'd revisit it, expand it, beef up the word count, change the perspective (it was written in first-person, and I always viewed that as a cheat to make the 50,000-word goal easier to achieve; I prefer third-person in what I read), etc., etc., etc. I've poked at it over the years, re-outlined the novel, did a little more research, etc., etc., etc.

But I found myself spinning my wheels, focusing too much on some story that, in the end, is "just another story" to come out of my head. I mean, it's one thing to polish and rework a short story (I've got two short stories I'd still like to place somewhere some day), but this novel? It's time to let it go.

I'll always have the novel. And some day, when I have more free work time to go back and revisit Memories of Home, I may dust it off and see what I can do with it. But for now, I have other stories to tell; Memories of Home will always be there.

1 comment:

Brian said...

Nice post Derek ... it's quite feat writing a 50k word draft, and entirely different feat putting it out to pasture. My college writing instructor used to say that any writer worth his salt should know how to kill his babies. Looks like you're way ahead of the game. Whatever the case may be with this book, it sounds like it made you a better writer. Keep up the awesome blog!