Since 2012, I’d been working on a novel that would hopefully serve as a prequel to my debut, Kingslayer. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I tried and no matter how many times I tried to rewrite the darn thing, this prequel idea just didn’t want to be finished. I kept writing it until recently, the whole project just fell apart. The time I wasted writing the project is part of the reason I’ll soon be focusing on shorter fiction (short stories and novelettes), but that is a post for another day. The truth is, I learned a lot from this failed attempt at a manuscript, which is what I want to discuss in this blog entry.
In the long run, this failed project actually made Kingslayer a better novel, and provided some much-needed backstory for one of the main characters. I know that character a heck of a lot better now, and now I have a better idea as to what’s going on in my main project, Kingslayer. I really wish that I could’ve kept on going with this story idea, but sometimes it’s just not meant to be.
In short, I learned that it is important save your ideas, even the ones from failed projects. You never know when that writing will become a backstory in one of your books, or a subplot in another. Bottom line: if you have a story that falls apart, throw it in a folder on your laptop and back it up for future reference, and never hit the delete button. You never know if you’ll need those files one day.
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