Many of the writers I know have a novel that has stayed with them from some time in their teens to the current day (I’m no different!). Most authors in this situation seem to completely rework the story over the years so that only a kernel of plot and maybe a character or two survive. In some cases not even that much. Though in other cases a lot more.
It got me wondering what it is that drives us to ‘complete’ these books.
I mean the journey itself of developing your craft from the scribblings of a teen to something you might see in a bookstore makes a lot of sense. Sometimes the early novel is the vehicle of discovery for the mechanics of writing, and that’s why they can evolve to be so different from their starting points.
But it almost seems like a kind of devotion – particularly for those of us who have multiple worlds in our heads – to stick with one story despite how it changes over time.
I also found it interesting to ponder if the ‘finished’ novel is like the ‘if I’d had that idea as a grown up’ version…