What do you do with old stories and old ideas you want to rehash, recycle or revisit?
I have a list of old stories and old ideas waiting for my attention. But what to do with them?
Recently I looked at the list of stories I have, both old and new, and came to a decision: Ditch the old and focus on the new.
It’s like an infomercial offering you a ‘new for old replacement’ deal.
I am not the kind of writer who can sustain multiple projects at various stages; I prefer to give my attention to one work in progress at at time. My focus right now is on the editing of my first novel, a collaborative tome, Post Marked: Piper’s Reach.
If new ideas pop up, I write them down in my notebooks and file the idea away in the back of the mashed potato I call my brain.
While I like the old stories, their ideas and expression, it’s not moving me forward towards the writing goals I have set. I have a 3 Year Plan of projects (which may have to extend to 5 years as I think I was being a little over ambitious).
My blog is a testament to the beginning of my writing journey, and while there is less fiction being posted here, I will leave it as a reference point (at least for the short term) while I work on my novel and plan out a novella and new short stories. I will let them stand as markers of my writing journey, a testament to how I wrote.
Looking back too far will only stymie the progress forward.
It’s good to take stock of your writing inventory from time to time, clear the decks of those projects prohibiting your progress forward and focus on the new works you will write to achieve your goals.
Will you have a “New For Old Replacement”?