Old Dog – New Tricks

The last couple of weeks has been an interesting one as far as my writing goes. About six years ago I wrote a novella. I loved the story and had a blast with the characters. The protagonist was especially wicked. A ninety-something-year-old woman, who on the outside seemed like anyone’s grandmother. On the inside, she was twisted, brutal, and unapologetic. Despite all this, there was something simple and satisfying about her.

Six years later, I’m revisiting the novella and realized there was more to her than I thought early on. She was missing a husband. I won’t go into any details as I hate spoilers. Let’s say that it’s been an interesting learning curve. I’ve never added a character into a long-established story. And worse yet ensuring that the readers won’t know. Of course, anyone reading this will be in the know. (Clearing throat) Please, buy the novella when it comes out, please. And don’t forget a review. They are vital to authors.

The process at first seemed daunting. How does one add a character after the fact? It was something I never encountered before. I spent days of negotiations with myself and my characters. I decided to divide and conquer. I began re-reading the novella. I used the comments function to note where the husband needed to appear. From those insertion points, I was able to revisit actions, conversations, and scenes. The husband’s presence glides onto the page with little effort.

It’s been a long process, and at times it seemed impossible to pull off. I’m not quite there yet, but what I’ve managed so far, reads well. I’m always amazed at the writing process. After over two decades, I’m still learning new tricks and new things. Writing is an always-evolving process of discovery. It’s one of the things I love about the process.

If this all works out, as I hope it does, then I’ve answered the age-old question. Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Thanks for visiting. Be well and stay safe. Until next time.

Author: William Holden

Thank you for spending time with me. My writing spans more than two decade, with over 100 published short stories in the genres of horror, urban fantasy, supernatural, and erotica. I’m an award-winning author of such titles as, A Twist of Grimm by Lethe Press (Lambda Literary Finalist), and by Bold Stroke Books, Words to Die By (2nd place in the Rainbow Book Awards for best horror and a finalist for the Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award for Best Horror), Secret Societies, and The Thief Taker were also Lambda Literary Finalists. Besides writing, I’m a home chef, an avid reader, and contribute time and money to environmental and wildlife organizations.

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