When You Hate What You Wrote

Lately I’ve moved slower and slower with To Be Phoenix. It’s not that it’s a bad story, it could be good. But it’s not this story.

I’ve ground to a halt.

Even though there’s nothing wrong with the story, I just don’t like the way it’s going. It feels wrong. I hate it.

There. I said it. I’ll say it again.

I hate it.

These things happen. Years ago, I followed some bad advice on a revision for Under Twin Suns. When I’d finished, the story had no spark. I tried reworking different parts of it, but in the end, I went back to the prior version. Finished it out and sent it to a publisher. It was accepted immediately.

But the important thing was, I liked my story again. I was happy with it and I’d like to think it was happy with me.

Today, I made the decision to go back to a previous version of I am Phoenix. I’m also going back to the prior title: Charlatan. It won’t be part of the Griffin Wars group.

But I’m already excited about the story again.


About Wendy L. Koenig

I was born in Colorado, but raised on a small homestead in Illinois. I served in the USAF right out of high school. After my stint in the military was finished, I returned home and had a horse stable. My first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, Jet’s Stormy Adventure, serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. It was a natural fit, given my business. Later, I attended University of Iowa's famed summer workshops and writing programs. Since that time, I have authored and co-authored numerous books. Several of my novels and short stories have won international awards and have appeared in multiple venues.
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