Sometimes as a writer you tire of a story that you’ve poured blood, sweat and tears into. Here’s a piece of sound advice: toss it in a drawer. Chances are that if you set it aside for a season (maybe several seasons), when you pick it back up it’s original charm will capture you again.
In 2005 I began a series of fiction blog posts called Parson to Person. In 2008 I decided to work those posts into a full length story. I worked on it for a year. I got to where I really couldn’t stand it. I didn’t like the characters. I didn’t like the storyline. I didn’t like the tone or the voice. I was tempted to hit ‘delete’ on the whole thing. Thankfully, instead, I tossed it deep in the drawer.
This past weekend I pulled the manuscript out and dusted it off. The characters were like old friends. I realized that I’d missed them these last four or so years. The storyline reengaged me. Passionate feelings returned–there was a reason I wrote this, and the reason was again (perhaps anew) relevant.
Writers write. Sometimes the writing takes place over a long period of time. Like a fermenting process, perhaps. Some stories seems to grow better with time. Make space in a drawer. Plan to make use of it as needed.