In 2009, I started my first adult paranormal romance, a story that would come to be called “Made of Shadows.” Over the years, I’ve written, revised, and rewritten that story several times. The last time I worked on it was 2013. And now I’ve picked it up again.

In the last year, I’ve grown in so many ways as a writer. My writing is so much stronger than it was even a few years ago, and I feel ready to tackle this story again.

I started a reread, and I’m reminded how much I loved these characters, how many tiny details I knew about this story. All of that is somewhere inside of me, waiting to be reawakened. I remember how close I felt to the shero, Zoe’s, grief over the loss of her parents. I remember how connected I was to the hero, Blake’s, sense of isolation in the fae realm. All of those character details, all of the world-building…It’s all coming back to me as I do this read-through.

This story has so much potential, and that’s what revision is all about. Bringing that potential to the surface, making a story stronger, making it sing. I plan to start a character voice journal to help me get even closer to these old characters. I’d like to start submitting this story to contests later this year, so I have my work cut out for me.

What about you? Have you ever reconnected with an old story? How did you reconnect? Any tips?

So, a quick ROW80 update:

  • Continuing with my read-through of “Made of Shadows.” I’m not as far along as I would like to be, but I’m taking a ton of notes along the way.
  • Continued reading “Plot and Structure” by James Scott Bell.
  • Checked in daily on social media, whether Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.
  • Today’s blog post makes one of two for the week.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Click here to see other participants’ updates.

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