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Forrest Buchly

A few years ago, I went through a cycle where I started dozens of novels, laying out detailed notes on characters, plot and environment, then writing a few chapters. But every so often, one my previous ideas in particular kept rising back to the top. Well, after several years, I ended up committing to and finishing it. While I do think we have to write who we are at the time of the writing, I guess some ideas demand to be pursued.

Michael LaRocca

I've got a novel that's dead at 30,000 words right now. So I'm taking a break from it. That always works. But in almost 40 years of unsuccessful writing, I've never stopped working (or not working) on something to go work on something else. I'm just not wired that way.


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John A. Karr

Cool to read of your experience. I'm revising a back-burner novel now, with eyes on electronically publishing it via Amazon or Smashwords. Re-reading and light editing has brought a new appreciation for it. Cover artist has mocked up a prototype and will soon finish. Might sell a few copies, might sell more than a few. Whatever the case, it's better than residing in the darkest depths of the hard drive.

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