I read this article concerning ‘lost’ stories from Truman Capote with interest. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/09/books/lost-stories-by-capote-are-published.html?_r=0
I wonder how many other authors or poets have work stuffed into the back of drawers, filed away in dusty archives or were discarded into the garbage? As modern writers we have the ability to store our writing on memory sticks or within computer files. They can be recovered (or not) at our leisure or wiped clean if we feel the compulsion to do so.
Would you want your work to be ‘discovered’ at a later date?
Would it reflect your current writing style or be completely different?
I have a couple of novels saved on my hard drive that were my initial foray into this writing life. My experience and skill has increased since and I know that they would need a lot of editing to bring them up to par. I return to them from time to time and ponder re-writing them so cannot delete them. They show me how far I have come and for that they are precious. Maybe one day they will see the light of day and be published. I just need to get all the other projects bouncing around inside my head on paper first!
Have you re-written a project?
What did you learn from the experience?
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” – Arthur Plotnik
You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences. ~ Anatole France
Share it here with the original.
Excerpt from Willow Tree Tears – WIP: Name changes and setting described:
Original: Willow rode past Shanna Deeks into the rodeo arena. I’m goin’ to beat you, bitch. You might have stolen Ryan from me but you’re not getting’ this championship.
Revision: Madison rode toward the rodeo arena entrance, shifting in her saddle to ensure Amber Fire’s girth was tight as she weaved through the crowd of people and horses, attending the year’s final rodeo.