I have been writing for as long as I can remember, and before that making up stories… not telling fibs but creating scenes and dialogues and characters… I wonder what my earliest stories were? Many seemed to involve orphans for some reason!
Once I was able to write, then I began to write my stories. So… I have lots and lots of writing, but there came a point after three completed novels which were really not very good, I began to write what I consider my real novels. This started some time ago, before computers and word processors, but gradually I transferred my novels onto floppy discs of one size, then floppy discs of another size, then CDs and now memory sticks.
I tried to get my work published, sending things to publishers, to agents, entering competitions, but all to no avail. I have no connections with the publishing or literary world, I don’t work in the media, I have no magic ways into print. This is why I self-publish through Amazon.
With everything I have written I have kept a hard copy, which is just as well because when I came to look at the next novel I want to publish, ‘Flipside’, for some reason I only have half of it saved!! Luckily I do have the complete version on paper… so after much thought I am now copying it from the paper version. The one benefit of this is that I am editing it as I work; with novels I have written years ago, and early novels, I feel as if I need to do quite a lot of brushing up and tightening up, cut out the waffle, make it sharper and less flabby.
I know there have been novelists who have lost whole manuscripts, and I sometimes wonder with a sort of dread what I would do if that happened. Would I rewrite the whole thing from memory? Would I use the characters and plot and create something different? Or would I let it lie because I have so much else to write? I wonder!