It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for another meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! Our Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh created this group so writers would have a place to talk about their insecurities and support one another. His minion helpers for this month are Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson.
Be sure to check out the IWSG website!
The question for this month is: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
I frequently find myself going through my old writing and searching for inspiration. I unearthed my story "Felix Was Here" for the first IWSG anthology contest, and that move paid off. I recently pulled out the story that I wrote for the 2013 April A to Z Challenge and edited it, reworked parts of it, and self-published it on Smashwords.
As for stories that I wrote more than a handful of years ago, I have yet to rework them in their entirety. However, I have gotten plenty of use out of them. More than once, I've found myself mining those old stories for ideas to incorporate into new ones. And the inspiration for the novel I'm hoping to start writing later this year came from a novel I wrote in high school. That book was terrible, but I became intrigued by a side plot that I'd written into it. Yes, the side plot was more interesting than the main plot. This clearly illustrates that novel wasn't all that good. Still, I'm glad I wrote it, and I'm glad I held on to it. Those old stories are worth consideration.
Have you ever reworked an old story?