Resurrecting Old Projects

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve got unfinished manuscripts hiding on hard drives or in drawers and binders.  They could be 20 pages long or over 50,000 words.  Either you got stuck, got busy or got distracted by a bright, shiny new idea. It happens to us all at some point, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go back and finish it.

It could be years old or just a few months. Regardless of the time, you will need to refresh your memory and re-immerse yourself in the world you were creating. Turning it into a PDF means you can easily load it to your e-readers or tablets or even your phone if you have a Kindle app.  Re-read the story just for content.  Let me repeat that:

Just.

For.

Content.

Don’t start with the editing. Make quick notes if need be about plot issues to change (color of character’s car changes from chapter to chapter, Mom’s name changed, etc.) but don’t start fixing your spelling or wording yet. Get to the end and get excited about your story.

As a PDF, you can also set it up to read the story to you, which would help keep you from editing while listening but would allow you to easily jot notes and ideas along the way. You can even put it on a CD and listen while you’re on the go!

If you find you’re not raring to go to finish the story after the re-read, you may want to put it back away for a while and try something else.  I will admit there are stories that will just never get done. If you’ve lost the passion, it just might not be your story to tell, but it’s worth it to re-read because you’ve already put time and effort into it.

What do you do with unfinished projects? Have you ever picked on back up and finished it?

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