There comes a time when you finally realise that your much loved novel isn’t actually as good as you originally thought. So, with a tear and a fond farewell you consign it to “The-Box-Under-The-Bed”.
A few months ago this is what happened to my previous novel – the children’s adventure story originally titled Myth Making.
Two things led me to this decision.
Firstly the fact that, despite several requests for fulls, the agents concerned all came back with similar comments in the rejections.
And secondly I was nearing completion of WRRW, making the final pass of edits, getting it ready to send out into the big bad world and start the whole process over again.
I think this is why you should always follow the advice that while your novel is out on submission you should get on with writing a better one.
There were a number of fairly fundamental flaws in Myth Making and I’ll talk about these in blog posts to come.
But one thing to remember – although a novel may have been consigned to TBUTB the ideas a characters live on. One day they will return – in a very different story and a very different form – but they will be back!