As a writer, I like to think my skills grow a little bit more with each story, which means that, looking back, there are things I'm not completely happy with. This week for Friday Five, here are 5 stories I could / should / might / sort of want to change or 'fix' some day.
My one story that is not a HEA or HFN. I followed the characters even when I saw the ending would be less than happy, and I wish I'd hit the brakes and rethought it all. I do like the characters, I do like the premise of a mage erasing her own memories when something tragic happens, but I still wish I'd found a way to bring a happier, more satisfactory conclusion to the story. I've been debating with myself for months about taking it off sale and I probably will. It's less likely that I'll actually rewrite the story, however.
The Vampire's Concubine
My issue with this story is that it's short. Now I've written a lot of short stories and most of them are supposed to be short, but I think this one would have worked better as a novella, or even novel. I wrote it for a call to submission that limited me to 15.000 words, and I wish I'd just followed my muse and taken more time to take the characters to their climax - literally and figuratively! I give this one a 50/50% chance of being rewritten.
Out of the Box (part 1-3)
The first three parts of Out of the Box were written for the Confessions to Venus line of Venus Press, which limited the wordcount to 5000 words maximum. A frequent criticism in reviews of the first Out of the Box books is that they are so short. I do wish they were longer, but I don't think I'll ever go and change them, I'd rather add new installments to the series.
My first novel... and that's exactly the problem. Looking back, I can see some issues with the writing. I still love the plot and characters, but after eight years, the writing flaws jump at me. I give this one 9 chances out of 10 to get a makeover within a year.
Blue Hair and 7 PAs
This one is different. I don't want to change it because I think there's something wrong with it. I want to rewrite it to make it a novel. It was tons of fun to be in the main character's head, and I wish I'd taken a peek into his love interest's mind as well. Also, making it a novel would give me a chance to switch the rating from sweet to sexy... and yes, these two would be very, very sexy in bed together ;)