Before I share my get to what I've learned from this WIP, I'd like to thank everyone who read and commented on Saturday's post. The positive response Kyra and I got for the excerpts were again overwhelming, and very encouraging. It now seems very likely that we're going to start work on this project again in the next few weeks, inspired by how well it's been received so far. Thank you for the kind words, it's greatly appreciated.
Without further ado, onto today's post.
Post what you learned from this WiP
Oh goodness, I've learned so much.
The first thing is that I can write in first person. Before this WiP, I'd never written in first person, but Kyra said it offered a lot more chances to get inside the character's head, so I gave it a try. I found I quite enjoyed it, and while I still prefer third person, I have another project written in first person too.
I also learned how fun it can be co-writing with someone. If you're lucky enough to have found the right person – which I've been blessed with (♥ you Kyra) – it's an awesome experience. You can bounce ideas around, and explore areas you might not have discovered before. Plus, a new person brings new perspectives and life experiences to add to the story. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and combining strengths can lead to some really great writing.
I've learned that if you shelved a story, and it's still in your head six years later, it might be worth revisiting. Sometimes a story gets put to one side, not because it isn't good, but because other things take precedent. That doesn't mean the story was rubbish and should be given up on.
In addition, I've learned that time away from a story, and growing as a writer, really changes your perspective. When recently looking through this WiP, I have so many new ideas for the plot and characters that I didn't have six years ago.