Recycling your stories: How to grow as a writer

You’ve written a book all those years ago, and you happen to stumble upon it and it was a major cringe fest. If you happen to be like me, then you started writing at a very young age and stumbling upon your very first book gives you mixed feelings. It’s either you really want to cringe and ask yourself: What in hell was I thinking when I wrote this? Was this what I thought was a good book? Did I actually let my mother read that?

You might also feel a rush of excitement upon the task of re-writing that book.

This brings us to today’s topic: Recycling your stories. It’s not wrong to rewrite a book you wrote several years ago. In reality, bringing this book back to life with your new and improved writing style will grow the fanbase of it. How many Cinderella stories have you actually read and watched on television. That’s because the idea is continuously being re-written and improved and the more a book undergoes this cycle, the larger the books base.

Let’s say it’s been five years since you wrote that book, you still have some of the good images of the book in your head. Trust me, once you get past the cringing, you’ll find it’s actually a great book to explore and you don’t want to waste the 50k words you bothered to type up just because you can’t bare other people reading it. They might like it, you just might need to polish it up.

Don’t be like me, I’ve lost too many books than I can count since I always used to delete my stories and manuscripts after stumbling upon them. I’ve learned now and I regret loosing so much of my hard work. Store your manuscripts, recycle them, you might just be able to draft up a bestseller from a cringe-worthy work.

Did you find the article helpful? Do you rewrite your manuscripts? Do you delete them? Leave a comment.

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