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March IWSG Day Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
Several years ago I felt compelled to write a sequel to a MG mystery I had written. Yes, I understand that is considered taboo. No, I don't care. Locked away in my laptop, my story will be revived soon. The killer plot in this murder mystery (see what I did there?) and amazing setting still give me chills.
Got stress? The answer to that question is a no brainer. Writers eat, breathe, and sleep heaps of stress. And if you have kids and laundry and games and practices, you deserve a trophy. Moving past the rough draft phase in my WIP, I dove into editing and polishing and more editing. Editing makes me positively giddy. I know. Weird.
So, after making the final edits on my shiny, new MG mystery, I decided to submit to Brenda Drake's Pitch Madness contest. The winners are announced on Monday. Until then, I may need a paper bag or a stress kitty. Here are two to choose from: Oliver and Sniper. I finally caved and surprised my teenage boys with Christmas kittens. When I'm stressed, my youngest son hands me a kitten.
Have you been stressed this past month? Are you reworking a story from your archives? Are you excited about editing? Are you getting a kitten?