Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IWSG Wed. 2017 Reworking a story

Welcome to the first Wednesday of March, 2017. This post is an ongoing blog hop titled, The Insecure Writers Support Group, (IWSG), started by Alex J. Cavanugh. The goal is to share either your insecurities or to encourage others. Recently, a question of the month was added which you may answer or not. For this post, I've chosen to answer the question. To read what others have written or to sign up and post something go here.

March Question of the month:

Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Indeed, I did. My first serious story. I say that because I wrote stories all through my youth. I didn’t get serious about writing until about 35 years ago. I had something happen to me and I needed a creative outlet to heal. Writing was it.

When I eventually joined a writers group, I was told repeatedly to set my first story aside and start something new. I couldn’t. The characters lived in my heart. So, I plodded on, learning all the lessons that writing something good demands and re-writing that story. I even took notes on the sequel. Soon the idea expanded into four stories. Now, I have a fifth story idea and several short stories. I even wrote a flash fiction piece in that same world for a Halloween blog hop.

Did it work out? You tell me.

I self-published. Here’s the story, and the link plus a few of my recent reviews.

(I’m in the middle of re-formatting to expand my market and have a paper book available, all with a new book cover. So, this particular e-book will only be available for another week or two. Same book, new cover.)

Friendship price of 99 cents.

Reviews are posted on

5 Stars
This book is the best book of the last decade! Very well written and the plot is nice. Thanks a lot!

5 Stars
Very well written book! I'm impressed. thanks a lot!

4 Stars
I AM HOOKED!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are 33 reviews in total. So, did I make the right decision to stick with this book? I can only tell you, I made the only decision I could.

How about you? Did you revise an old book or are you a reader who appreciates a well written book?

The sequel is in the editing process. I hope to release it this Christmas. Title: The Rise of Lord Sinon


dolorah said...

I did enjoy Treasures. I'm glad you're reissuing covers. Good luck on completing Rise on schedule :) Writing novels isn't as easy as it seems.

Yolanda Renée said...

I'm with you, keep at it. What else have you got that makes you as happy. I love writing, despite my shortcomings. :)

I agree with Donna, writing novels is hard, and yet, such fun!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Congratulations Nancy - certainly you persevere on ... and I'm so glad you're expanding your horizons ... all the very best - cheers Hilary

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, Donna, Yolanda, and Hilary.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

One idea spawned many which is really cool!

N. R. Williams said...

Yes it is Alex.