In the wake of losing some final drafts of my novels, the process of rewriting has taught me several lessons. One, writing the story exactly as it was is not a feasible expectation. Two, letting go of that expectation is paramount if the creative juices are ever going to flow again. And three, a completely different ending is not always such a bad thing. I like the ending of the third novel of Rory’s Choice even more now. I still can’t believe I didn’t think of it in the first place. Does that mean I’ll let my children destroy other novel files in the future? Heaven’s no! The stress of all of this has just about killed me. I back up in triplicate now.
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