Something that I talk about a lot on panels and such is the fact that I wrote ten manuscripts before In the Quiet was picked up in 2014. I hadn’t really given much thought to all the manuscripts tucked into my hard drive, but talking about them so much over the past couple of years got me thinking about them again. And there was one that I’d written when I was sixteen. It was a special story for me – for year twelve art I’d actually typeset it, bound it and designed a cover for my final piece of assessment. I leant it out to friends, who all dutifully told me it was brilliant (I have good friends). And I sent it out to a few places. And then, nothing. So I did what most people do – I tucked it away and tried to forget about it.
And then, last year, I pulled it out and started reading. My writing had gotten better in the intervening ten years (THANK GOODNESS), but there was something about the story that I really liked. I’m the sort of person who works intensively on a project and then sets it aside, so during a bit of down time on my third novel for HarperCollins, I started playing with this old, familiar story that felt like a long lost friend.
Twelve years after I first finished it, my little YA novel is being published. It’s really highlighted for me that putting something aside and working on new projects is not a failure. In this case, it was extremely valuable.
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