I pretty much have enough existing projects to last me a lifetime. While there are some that are firmly in the vault or graveyard or whatever, there are others I still love and sometimes think about pulling out. I wonder if I can breathe new life into them, since I've grown a lot as a writer since the first attempts.
And now that I'm actually rewriting a project, that urge has hit even stronger. I had NO IDEA how enjoyable rewriting would be. Yes, I'm fully aware that previous statement sounds insane, but it's amazing! I would have rewritten much sooner if I'd known how well it would work for me. It combines my favorite aspects of first drafting and revisions into one uber writing activity.
It's official—I'm a huge fan of rewrites. (It's okay if you're cursing me right now. I would be too.)
This leads to a dilemma, though. If you are willing to rewrite—nay, excited by the very idea of completely overhauling an MS from scratch—then what is worthy of that much time and effort? Which ideas should be revisited? Which weren't strong enough and might still be weak?
Do you rewrite what you love most? Or the one that may be more popular in the current market?
Or should you just suppress the rewrite urge entirely? Should you move forward with brand new ideas and let those old flames die?
These aren't hypothetical questions, by the way. I really want to know what you think.