1. Hannah Milton
    October 11, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    Great post! I think it's always important to remember that putting a novel away for a while (or even indefinitely) doesn't mean it was horrible, nor does it mean that you failed.


    • Emilyann Girdner
      October 11, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

      Thank you, Hannah. I think when writers come to that point, it can feel so crushing, but it is just part of the writing process a lot of times. What is important is coninued effort and learning.


  2. Cally Jackson
    October 12, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    I think this is a wonderful way to look at shelved novels. Maybe I'll return to that novel I got halfway through then dumped in grade three, after all. 🙂

    P.S welcome to the tribe!


  3. Emilyann Girdner
    October 13, 2012 @ 1:52 am

    Thanks Cally. Haha, yes, indeed =)


  4. Larry Kollar
    October 15, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    I have a couple shelved novels and short stories. They have become parts sources for other stories over the years — worlds built upon, characters dusted off and occasionally given a new suit, scenes re-adapted, and the like.

    Even a horrible novel might just be low-grade ore that contains a few gems. 🙂


    • Emilyann Girdner
      October 16, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

      So well put Larry 🙂 No project is ever a wasted effort.


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