16
Dec
09

The Orphaned Novel

You will probably find that there are as many writing processes as there are writers. We all have different personalities, needs, time expectations, and goals. But, you will find a common thread among many writers: the book they never finished.

Some people quit because they lost faith in the project. Others because a new shiny idea came about and made the previous book seem boring and stupid in comparison. Still others just let other priorities get in the way.

I have the dream project I plan to start once I finish my current WIPs. Yes, I have two, a 25,000-word piece and a full-length novel that needs some serious revision. The dream project was my first idea, but it is so special to me that I have been putting it off until I feel like I can really do it right.

I mentioned the serious revision work my WIP novel needs. Thankfully, author Roz Morris has released her book Nail Your Novel as a free download. I downloaded a copy, and I plan to use it to guide my revisions.

Writers, share your story of the book you never finished. What stopped you? Will you ever pick it up again?

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2 Responses to “The Orphaned Novel”


  1. 1 C.
    16 December, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I have two novels that need the openings reworked and streamlined. Will I ever get to them? Maybe. I have too many other projects on the plate at the moment. 🙂
    Thanks for the link to the free craft book. I’ll have to check it out.


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