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Reviving Old Stories

Reworking an old story can sometimes yield great dividends, photo by H. Koppdelaney

Reworking an old story can sometimes yield great dividends, photo by H. Kopp-Delaney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Note About the Photographer

This stunning image comes from the website of the remarkable German surrealist photographer, H. Kopp-Delaney. Fortunately, Mr. Kopp-Delaney is very generous and allows a small selection of his photos to be downloaded for free. Anyone interested in seeing more of his work is well-advised to visit the excellent online venuse of Mr. Kopp-Delaney.

 

My Experience With Reworking Old Tales

I have always felt that writing fiction is like an old bottle of wine: the longer the beverage sits, the better the flavor. This is especially true for fiction, where the passing of time may allow for the story to evolve or  even stray completely from the original tale, as our memories are a frail thing.

Some people may call this fibbing or lying, but in reality this is just a matter of “story enhancement“, which is an important ingredient of the storyteller’s craft. With this in mind, there is no reason that a writer should not go back and rework an old story. Do not the fear the linear and emotional distance that might be created over time, for with proper introspection and effort, the new story might come to life, where the old tale failed. Best of luck to all who wish to explore such territory.

After stating my case, the sober reality is that I have only returned to a few stories after they have been finished and sent to their final resting place, whether it be a small online journal or the proverbial desk drawer. Even so the results have been quite rewarding, even when I am the only person, who is familiar with both versions. So by all means, go back and rework those old, dusty stories.

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2 Responses to “Reviving Old Stories”

  1. Love the wine analogy and so true. Great post.
    Happy IWSG Belated Day!
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  2. Hey! The process has been rewarding! I’d call that a win. 🙂


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