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Advice on continuing a work abandoned a couple years back
« on: April 26, 2016, 04:48:53 AM »

 Hello.

 I have a novel which I started writing a couple years ago, and now I want to keep writing. Any advice on how to proceed, potential problems and such that you might have encountered?
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2016, 05:14:59 AM »
First I'd   want to make sure the reason why I quit writing it doesn't still apply.
Second, I'd read through the whole story and figure out where it was going. Figure out if I needed to change the story.
Third, I'd revise what I already had so I could maintain the same style/voice  when I extended it.
Fourth, I'd keep writing.

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Re: Advice on continuing a work abandoned a couple years back
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2016, 05:38:20 AM »
Can you be more specific as to what troubles you? The only thing I can think of right now is for you to write. Keep writing if you're a discovery writer, edit your plot an refresh it if you're a plotter.

I can't see you having any more problem than any other writer with writer block.
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2016, 12:21:03 PM »
I fit very much in this bracket. I wrote something about 2 years ago (it can be found in the work to be critiqued section) and at the time I was stuck on where to go for chapter 2. I'm wanting to resurrect this work but I find myself still stuck with the same issue. At this point now I'm thinking of cannibalising the ideas in it rather than continuing on. 

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Re: Advice on continuing a work abandoned a couple years back
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2016, 04:11:44 PM »
Can you be more specific as to what troubles you? The only thing I can think of right now is for you to write. Keep writing if you're a discovery writer, edit your plot an refresh it if you're a plotter.

I can't see you having any more problem than any other writer with writer block.

 Well, what happened was just life, really: I had to move from the country I was living in, then start my legal practice, etc., so at some point I just stopped writing. Now that I've found myself with more time, I want to continue and I'm still not sure how to go on about it. I have started reading from the beginning and editing as I go, then see what happens.

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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2016, 04:19:24 PM »
How far did you get the first time? If it wasn't far in then it might be worthwhile starting a new and interesting thing from scratch. What interests me with writing years ago is not what I would be writing today so don't force yourself to continue an old plot and characters just because.

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Re: Advice on continuing a work abandoned a couple years back
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2016, 11:16:27 PM »
How far did you get the first time? If it wasn't far in then it might be worthwhile starting a new and interesting thing from scratch. What interests me with writing years ago is not what I would be writing today so don't force yourself to continue an old plot and characters just because.

 I'm just above fifty thousand words. I'm thinking that, just with my first novel, I'll have to cut a lot of sub plots that don't make much sense, but I want to finish this. I want to have an Always be Closing your projects approach (read an article about that that made a lot of sense to me), and this is a good way of testing that.
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Advice on continuing a work abandoned a couple years back
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2016, 06:56:07 AM »
Welcome back. :)

I think it is actually quite good to make that long a break, because you can see your own work like a stranger's one (because it is - you were are different person back then) and have lost the blind eye for that text because you don't know everything by heart like you did after writing it.
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Re: Advice on continuing a work abandoned a couple years back
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2016, 08:58:54 AM »
What jefGoelz said.

Also, what CameronJohnston said. 50,000 words in? Yeah, I'd try to finish that.

But in Captain Blobby's case, if he's only got one chapter, I'd cannibalise and start afresh, which is something I do all the time.
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