Reviving a Dead Darling

So, what do you so with those dead darlings? If you’re like me, you tend to put them into ‘edited out of the WiP’ folders. Sometimes they languish and die, unloved, unforgotten. However, as I am a lazy individual at heart, I tend to try and recycle EVERYTHING. Failed ideas. The dozens of rejected stories from DailySF and Furious Fiction and the like.

Sometimes they get completely rewritten until they are unrecognisable; sometimes a bunch of stuff will get mashed together. Sometimes the attempt fails and that story is stuffed into an ‘Edited until I killed it’ folder.
Except, sometimes it works. I make something new and shiny. It gets accepted by another market.

If there is one thing I’ve learnt, it is that you should NEVER give up … on an idea, on writing, on a dead darling. I’m a necromancer, making the dead live again! I’m the new Doctor Frankenstein, and my monsters LIVE! Watch me turn a dead darling into a zombie story …

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Filed under The Writing Life, writing, Writing Career, Writing Style

3 responses to “Reviving a Dead Darling

  1. I totally agree that we should always ‘finish our shit’, as Chuck Wendig would put it. It’s just that sometimes some ideas can’t seem to be salvaged. I guess that’s where I learn the most, right? Am gonna go through my trash folder tonight. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. At least in the digital age, storage space isn’t an issue. Nor is keeping multiple variants of the same piece. Now I just need a better filing/search system…

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