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Time to burn that first novel? (re. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee)

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Offline Michelle Burley Reading The Disturbing Anthology by R F Whittaker
14 Jul 2015, 10:43 AM | Post: #11

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RE: Time to burn that first novel? (re. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee)

Oh my gosh, I had long forgotten about the first story I had ever written. It was when I was very young and it was on paper (!!!) but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) I don't have it anymore. I do remember it though and I seem to recall it had been inspired by All Hallows Eve by Richard Layman. That's a blast from the past!
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Offline J.T. McDaniel Reading Horsemen by Stewart Giles
08 Jun 2017, 06:13 AM | Post: #12

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RE: Time to burn that first novel? (re. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee)

Not too long ago I found a copy of my first play, read through it, and decided that it might have potential as a children's play if I rewrote about 80% of it. Like much early work, there were good parts and horrible parts, and the wrong ones predominated. Lee's book is certainly an example. There were some interesting bits about the adult Scout, but the back story wasn't as well developed and some of the most important parts of TKaM were either just mentioned in passing, drastically changed, or both. The value lies mostly in being able to compare what is clearly a first draft with the finished book. To anyone other than the author, the comparison is more something for a Literature class than a general readership.

Still, keeping old manuscripts has an obvious value for an author. I started writing Returning in the late 1970s, gave up on it, dug out the old manuscript last year, took the basic premise, added some contemporary concerns, and finally had a book after thirty-something odd years.
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