Learning from Failure

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.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to reblog and follow. See you guys next time.

–N.L., 2017

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Author: napoleonlovecraft

Napoleon Lovecraft is a blogger and author from the suburbs of Maumelle, Arkansas. Born in 1988, Lovecraft is a lover of the fantasy genre. It is his goal to write in as many fantasy subgenres before he kicks the bucket, with stories ranging from short stories to full-length novels. His debut novel, Kingslayer, is expected to be a unique take on the High Fantasy genre, having been told in first person and aided with footnotes, not to mention the fact that it is set in a non-medieval fantasy world. Lovecraft is studying for his BA in both Professional Writing and Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He lives in Greenbrier, Arkansas with his family, where his dog and seven cats keep him in line.

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