IWSG – Looking Back on Old Writing

Welcome all, to another Insecure Writer’s Support Group.


The awesome co-hosts for the March 1 posting of the IWSG will be Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!
I did recently pull out a not so old story and tried to rework it for a flash fiction contest.  In the end, the story didn’t fit the contest all that well, but no worries.  My plan is to rework it into a more typical length short story, and eventually start submitting it.  Wish me luck on that.
As for a really old story, the oldest one I can think of is the Keepers.  It was the first original work I ever wrote, when I was around seventeen.  I cringe just thinking about it, because it was pretty hokey.  Think cliche plot about a family of witches guarding an ancient artifact of evil, and set upon by minions of the dark lord.  Also set in Hawaii, a place I’ve never been but thought would be cool.  I also remember devoting several pages to describing the characters looks and personalities in minute detail.
If I ever did go back to that story, I would have to do some serious reworking.  But the basic premise still sounds kind of cool to me, so it might be worth a look.  Maybe it’s not quite as bad as I remember it.
What old stories would you consider digging out and trying to revive?

3 thoughts on “IWSG – Looking Back on Old Writing

  1. Hi, S.M. Wishing you good luck on your old story rewrite, S.M. I read your comments about it with great interest. I wrote a short story for November’s IWSG story contest, and I realized after I submitted it, that it didn’t quite fit the contest, plus it had so much crammed into the 6,000 word limit. I will be going back to work some more on it. That will be my first ever rewrite of an old story. I happen to be vacationing in Hawaii right now. Perhaps instead of witches you could work with kahunas or some other Hawaiian-culture-based characters. And maybe you’ve already done that ~ I hope that you don’t mind the suggestion.

  2. I’ve never heard of witches on Hawaii. If you could combine your premise with some of the Polynesian culture (folktales), you might have something unique to offer to the witches brew!

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