Lindsey R. Loucks

Untangle Your Heart

First Book Trash, Second Draft Treasure… Maybe?

There’s a battle in my brain. Story ideas are throwing spitballs, shouting obscenities, and scratching their chins with their middle fingers at each other. It’s quite rude.


But the one that has my attention now is my first novel called Pause. Maybe because it’s been sitting quietly in a drawer for so long, acting like an angelic first novel. It’s total crap, though, and I can’t believe I queried it. Yet underneath the meandering plot, the crybaby main character, and way too much internal dialog, there are some real tense moments and several plot twists. I still like the story.

So, I’m rewriting it.

Does that mean I’m not going to write every other story idea in my head? No. What Gifts She Carried and everything else will still be written.

Does that mean I’ll like Pause after I’ve rewritten it? It kind of depends on my critique partners. If they give me permission to like it, then yes, I’ll like it. 😉 (I’ll post a few chapters to Critique Circle soon).


  1. I go through this on a daily basis. I’ve been working on my book Silenced for about four years now. I’m close to having it finished but still. I was there and know what you’re going through.

  2. Cool! Cheering you on! I’m not at the skill level yet to revise my first novel. Someday, I hope to. It has multiple narrator frames as well as being a mystery novel… I still love the idea, but am scared to reread it…

  3. Good luck! I still have a soft spot for my first attempt at a novel and may yet drag it out for a makeover. But it’s a lot of work…

  4. RaeBeth – I admire your tenacity! Keep going!

    Angela – Maybe you shouldn’t reread it, or just read the parts you know are really great. Just rewrite the bad parts, and there you go!

    Botanist – You’re right, it is a lot of work!

  5. Best of luck with rewriting… they do say stories come alive in rewrites:)

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