I decided, in my infinite wisdom, that I was going to spend the first three months of 2009 writing nothing new. I was going to simply revise some of my older pieces that have been sitting gathering virtual dust on my hard drive. And to be fair, apart from a very brief flash piece, I have so far succeeded.
The only problem is the bunch of stories I provisionally chose to revise, and more precisely, the one I have got myself tangled up with now.
I wrote it in 1997, and at the time I thought it was pretty damn good. Now, it's little more than all right. The point at its heart is a good one, but it's very hard for me to jump back into a mindset I had at twenty-one, and I'm beginning to wonder if going back so far and trying to redraft what is effectively someone else's story, was a good plan at all.
I'm another writer these days - hopefully a much better one - and I approach subjects, plots, and ideas differently.
I'll see it through, because I'm stubborn that way, but I wonder if there are some stories that will never shine, no matter how much polish you apply.