Hi Jim,

As a fellow writer, I was wondering if you’ve ever reread your books and wished you could go back and change something. Like maybe the direction of a story or something like that. I’ve had a book published for a few years, and now that it’s done, I look back on it and have come up with a few different scenarios that I think could have worked better. How do you handle that, if so?

Thanks,
Harry


Hi Harry,

The simplest answer is to not do that. Hindsight is always 20/20. Just relish the fact that you wrote a good book that made it to print. That’s the best you can do.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s focus on how an actual author handles that. In truth, yes. There have been a few times where I’ve felt that way. I handle it by writing out the various scenarios. In fact, I have a few ‘What if’ books in my library that part of me has always been tempted to publish. Marvel, I think, does a pretty good job of exploring several alternate realities with their stories. Some of their ‘What If’s’ I’d actually be interested to see as a full series.

There are ways to enter those into the primary canon of your story, either by having the alternate reality take place and then have some kind of time travel to go back and change history so that the original events can still take place.

I’ve never done that and probably never will because… well to be honest, Time Travel opens the door for WAY too many plotholes, even in the most experienced writers and the idea of bringing quantum mechanics into the mix is a little too far over my head. I literally spent a 15-hour car ride arguing with a friend of mine over whether time travel was actually possible and how it would work if it was.

A bigger waste of time, I’ve not seen…

So if you want to give it a shot, that’s certainly an option, though I’d really have someone you know who can nitpick the story go through it and try to pick out time travel plot holes. At the very least, you can keep the stories to yourself and just reflect on them from time to time.

In fact… I think I’m going to do another post on this.

Stay tunned!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

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