Leo's Angel Oak Tree

Saturday, December 11, 2010

TRUNK NOVELS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY



Today, we are talking about trunk novels.  Yes, we all have them, but what can we do with them?  Are they so awful that they can't be revitalized.  It's strange to me that we loved the idea enough to write the ENTIRE novel, but when they don't get published or even requested, we toss them into our closet, on a shelf somewhere, under the bed, or even worse, line the pages at the bottom of a bird cage and never think about them again. 

I think we can all agree that the writing is weak (dare I say, awful), the plot needs help, the characters are stagnant, and maybe the whole thing lacks a certain spice.  However, do we ever remember the joy we had writing those words.  Can't we dust them off, dissect them, and rewrite?

I'm thinking of my first trunk novel, and what I loved about it was the characters.  At the time, I loved their voices.  But, I threw it to the trunk because well you always hear that your first novel written never gets published.  Well, I'm here to say that I'm a much better writer now than I was then, so why can't I pull that bad boy out and revise!  Isn't that what REVISION means!

So, I'd like to hear the good, bad, and the ugly about your trunk novels!!  Leave a Comment and let's discuss!!