Last week I read a bloggers post about letting go of a manuscript. It seems to be the day for people to want to move on and start over. The ever lovely Karla Nellenbach admitted this week on twitter that she falls out of love with her characters at about 35000 words.
I have not had the luxury of falling out of love with an idea. I will say this if I don't have a clear vision of the story board, from start to finish, I usually don't start it. I don't like to be surprised. I like to know, at least in my head, how it is going to play out. Yes, I am a little neurotic that way.
But I actually had something very different happen to me this week.
I have started to partake in the Tuesday Teaser segment that Ms. Nellenbach started. Okay, I don't know if she actually started it or if hers was just the first blog that I saw it on, so she is getting the credit here. For my faithful readers (you know who you are...all five of you) I had a very hard time with this the first time. Kind of like losing your virginity. The first time hurts but once you get the hang of it you can get pretty darn good at it if you know what I mean. *wink wink*
Yesterday's post was a blast from the past. Something I had worked on quite a while ago. When I say a while ago, I am talking years. I didn't do anything more than pull it out and post it. Right after that I found my fingers itching to start working on it. Make some changes. Some things that I saw from the eyes of a younger writer don't seem to fit now.
This story was one I started back in the day when I just wrote whatever I felt compelled to write, so I don't have all of it yet. I did find myself plotting out a new story board on this one with the intent to maybe start over and give these two characters the ending they deserve.
I am very excited about this. So thanks to all of you who encouraged me to take a chance on putting some of my stuff out there. You guys helped me face something that in retrospect wasn't really all the scary. And boy do I feel better for the experience.