40 Days of 3 Questions – Day 34

Welcome to 40 Days of 3 Questions!

For the next few weeks, meet here every morning with a notebook or document to answer three questions about writing, about your status quo as a writer, or about the writing life. You can answer briefly and go about your day, or you can use this as a warm up exercise before your regular writing schedule. Whatever works for you, works for me.

Day 34 Questions:

  1. Did you write a practice novel (one that taught you how to write)?
  2. Is that story in a drawer or did you make it workable?
  3. Is there a story you’ve written that you hope never sees the light of publication?

You may post answers in comments or keep your thoughts private–your choice!

And here is today’s pretty picture:

VCCA paper manuscript

Practice and Post-It notes- how to get it done!

8 thoughts on “40 Days of 3 Questions – Day 34

  1. I wrote several “practice novels.” And there is one, in particular, that is in a drawer and will NEVER see the light of day again. Two others garnered some interest by a couple of agents but never sold. I may someday pull them out and try to make them workable. But that first one? NEVER.

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  2. I worked so hard and long on my first novel that I was determined for it to be published, and it was. I’m a little afraid to go back and look at it now that I have completed 18 more. I don’t think I have any in the drawer I wouldn’t be willing to consider, although I do have quite a few portions of short stories that never went anywhere. But I never throw away a piece of writing – ya never know where you’ll be able to use it.

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  3. 1.) Did you write a practice novel (one that taught you how to write)? Oh, yes!
    2.) Is that story in a drawer or did you make it workable? I’ve put it aside, but will probably resurrect it just for the title alone, SHOOTING BRIDES.
    3.) Is there a story you’ve written that you hope never sees the light of publication? As written, they are not publishable, but I have learned to fix messy novels. Maybe.

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  4. 1.Did you write a practice novel (one that taught you how to write)? Of course!

    2.Is that story in a drawer or did you make it workable? It tried to make it workable, but it’s still in the drawer.

    3.Is there a story you’ve written that you hope never sees the light of publication? Aside from some really bad stuff written in middle school, I think I’ve decided that first practice novel is better off in the drawer.

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  5. My practice novel is currently in a drawer awaiting rewrites. It did, however, help me to win a grant for unpublished authors. I do have a short story that I wrote in high school that should definitely never, ever be published. It’s about a woman who adopts an abused monkey named Eric. She lets people think she lives with a man to help her get out of dating. The funny thing is I am now married to a man named Eric. I didn’t know one person named Eric in high school…unless Erik Estrada counts.

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  6. 1. Did you write a practice novel (one that taught you how to write)?
    I’m an overachiever. I wrote two.
    2. Is that story in a drawer or did you make it workable?
    One hasn’t ever gone anywhere, though I’ve tried to do a short story from it. The other was cannibalized for my Cressa Carraway series. The bones of it became the second novel of that series, REQUIEM IN RED
    3. Is there a story you’ve written that you hope never sees the light of publication?
    In their original form, I hope neither or those do.

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  7. 1. Did you write a practice novel (one that taught you how to write)?
    I started with comic book stories, then fanfic, then sat down to write a novel. I did learn many things from the process, especially about gardening.

    2. Is that story in a drawer or did you make it workable?
    It’s in a drawer until the Muse tells me what the story is really about. I thought I knew, but I was wrong.

    3. Is there a story you’ve written that you hope never sees the light of publication?
    It won’t, because I disposed of all print copies and the carbons.

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  8. 1. Did you have a practice novel (one that taught you how to write)? Several, but I don’t know if they were that useful.
    2. Is that story in a drawer or did you make it workable? I’m hoping the first of three mysteries featuring the same protagonist has become workable, and I can go on to polish the next one. But progress has been slow.
    3. Is there a story you’ve written that you hope never sees the light of publication? Oh, several of them. They still exist because sometime I may enjoy reading them as part of my history.

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