Well, I’ve given my story the boot…the reboot, that is.
I’m old enough to remember the day when there were original movies and then there were remakes. Then computers came along and the word reboot appeared. In those days it seemed as though rebooting was a regular activity. Perhaps with PCs it still is? I don’t know. Five years ago I went over to the other side and have used a Mac ever since.
Yes, I’m one of them.
Then they started rebooting movies like Batman, Superman (a couple of times now), and the Star Trek franchise. I’m certain they’ve even rebooted films before I’ve seen the originals. H’m, does that mean if I now watch the original I’m watching a pre-reboot? Perhaps those films will eventually be preboots?
Everyone write down that I said it first! Preboot.
Hopefully some films that are near and dear to my heart won’t be booted in any direction until after I’m gone. Mostly, it seems, action films are rebooted so I think Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffanys are safe.
And so here I am no better than everyone else and rebooting my own story. Does it qualify since it’s unpublished? I have no idea. Well, it’s my story so I guess I can reboot or remake or pre-reboot or pre-bake it if I want.
It’s been an interesting experience thus far and a humbling one, for in the retelling I realized how far I’d gotten away from the story I’d intended to write. Even if it’s a free story and a first draft I still want to share only my best effort. If you were following it before you’ll barely recognize it now. Well, the font is the same. Okay, the names haven’t changed, though there are…
I’ll let you read it and find out.
Anyone else out there ever made major alterations to a story after starting it? Please share if you did (or share about your writing experiences even if you didn’t).
For now, I need to rest a little before getting ready for a wedding. I bought a new dress on Monday and I’m a little nervous…