Friday, April 2, 2010

Behind the Story: "Don't Stop Now"

I started this one when I was still in high school. In the years that followed, it grew into a short novel and kept getting longer.

I'd be embarrassed to have anyone read the full manuscript now, so it remains hidden away. But I'm glad I didn't simply burn it.

At some point I remembered that a friend said he really liked the chapter at the lake. So I took another look. It had potential.

The result is "Don't Stop Now" (first published in Hobart and now part of my story collection, Precarious).

I think of it as the Reader's Digest version of that first failed novel — a 342-page manuscript condensed to just 6 pages.

4 comments:

Ione said...

After reading this, there is that familiar tugging in the lower part of my stomach and a longing for those days. I am surprised at the tears welling up in my eyes thinking about wasted moments and relationships that never were.

AL RISKE said...

I know the feeling well.

睿玄 said...

Better say nothing than nothing to the purpose. ........................................

AL RISKE said...

Well said. Thank you.