Guess what I did on my days off?
Nothing all that productive (other than planting the grapevine my roommate bought to replace the one the neighbor destroyed).
Mostly I read. I’m telling you, that Kindle app on my phone is the death of productivity. Of course, it was also much cooler downstairs than it was up in my room. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Now, reading in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. After all, when you’re not writing or re-writing you should be reading.
But for some reason I started thinking about one of the stories in my “Novels I’m Ignoring” folder so I opened it up and re-read it. It’s Hedge House and was my 2015 NaNoWriMo novel.
And you know what? It’s not too bad for a first draft. If you overlook all the typos (I fixed a bunch) and the notes that I left for myself, it’s really pretty good plot and character wise.
It’s not finished, though. I haven’t had the big final fight and wrapped up stuff, and I’m not even sure I’m to that point with it yet. I do know that I shouldn’t have read it because now I want to get back to work on it, but there’s so much else I should be focusing on.
Maybe it would be all right to start a spiral bound notebook for it of things to check on, threads I don’t want to let drop, etc… That’s not really working on it, is it?
Anyhow, lesson learned:
Don’t re-read old WiPs unless you intend to go back to work on them right that minute.
And I still have no idea what I’m doing for Camp in two weeks, but having re-read Hedge House I now have one more option to try to sort through.
I still have two weeks to decide, right?
Meanwhile, someone keep me from re-reading any more old WiPs or I’ll never be able to decide.
One response to “Bad Idea”
Been there, done that. I’m not sure I can keep your from not re-reading though.