Friday, May 20, 2011

The X-Files

This isn't a science fiction post.  Not really.  But X-Files just popped into my head when I was trying to think of a snazzy cool title for it.  (Although I was a huge X-Files fan back in the day--Team Mulder, thank you very much.)

X-Files is what I call all of the finished and unfinished novels and short stories that lurk in my hard-drive, waiting for me to play with them.  I resurrected one this week, a contemporary YA, that I wrote three years ago.  I still love the story but realize that several of the secondary characters need to be reworked, like, totally.  So I've been busy this week fiddling with one of my x-files, shining a light on it, and working to bring it back to life.  It will, however, require a complete rewrite. 

Been there, done that, with almost everything I write.  I'm not sure I haven't completely rewritten anything I've ever written at least twice.  The good news is that as I reread it, I think to myself, Damn, this is good. I'm glad you didn't deep-six it.

Do you keep everything you write?

16 comments:

Angela Felsted said...

Yes, and I cry over the fact that I love my writing when I can't find anyone else to take it on.

Lisa said...

Awesome name for your babies! I keep most of what I write. There have been a few deleted scenes and snippets that haven't survived the cutting room floor, but other than those few, I keep everything else.

Madeleine said...

LOL! I love the way you call them Xfiles. Yes I have stacks of rough copies of my stories and reecntly thought they should go to recycling as they are collecting dust and cluttering up our small study.I'd keep the originals of course :O)

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I have a big file folder on my laptop of all the things that I have written since I first got serious about it. I just can't bring myself to get rid of it.

Linda Leszczuk said...

I love to go back to the old stuff so I can tell myself - wow, this was really awful, you're a much better writer now.

Elise Warner said...

Yes, and I find it pays. sometimes a rewrite after a few weeks, months or even years and I make a sale. Or a new magazine that is perfect for an article appears in the marketplace. I do have a lot of file cabinets though.

Liz said...

Yes. I have all sorts of random files cluttering my flash drive.

Sarah said...

All my projects have their own folders. Some contain only a brainstorming document and some contain numerous revisions. I don't see any reason to delete anything--ever! You never know when you might resurrect something.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Way to suck me in with your post title! You had me at...

I didn't always keep my writing which now I regret. I had stacks of notebooks that I threw out in one of my many moves.
Now I have a computer folder with lots of ideas saved in it.
Hope you have a nice dry weekend!

Cold As Heaven said...

I keep most of it, but usually, when I re-read it after some time, I'm not impressed, same goes for both my amateur fiction stuff, and my science papers

Cold As Heaven

M Pax said...

X files be my life. lol I'm always rewriting and revising. Until I sell, I will keep on.

Danette said...

And here I thought you were posting on Aliens and Government conspiracies! I have the X-files theme as my ring tone and I popped in to share X-files stories!!! LOL

I used to name mine "Shitty first draft" now I try to find a name for it just to keep a idea in my head of where I am really going and what I want it to be. But then I am not a plotter- I don't have charts or outlines so having a title is no big deal I guess.

Donna Cummings said...

I definitely keep everything! And I'm glad I do, because I write down all kinds of ideas as they occur to me. I'm revising a story now that I've always loved. It needs some rewriting, but not as much as I expected. :)

Talli Roland said...

Gosh, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has to rewrite practically everything! :)

Yes, I keep everything I write. Whether I'll ever use it or not is a different story!

Nas Dean said...

By the title I thought you would be talking about UFOs!

You have cool names for your files. I keep my stories with hopes of working on them in future and finding homes for them!

Deniz Bevan said...

Yay for Mulder and the X-Files!
And yes, I keep every scrap of every little thing (DH despairs). Just can't let go! And every once in a while, there's something salvageable...