U for Unfinished #A to Z Challenge

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
photo by David Castillo Dominici courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Gaudi started work on the construction of the Sagrada Familia in 1882.  Now almost a century after his death, work to finish the build is still moving ahead. But even unfinished, the wondrously sculpted Roman Catholic cathedral attracts millions of visitors per year.

So what has this to do with your cozy mystery?

  1. Whatever the problems, never give up.
  2. Even unfinished, your writing always has something to say. You may decide to rework your novel to make it work. You may decide to lift sections to use in other books. Nothing you do is ever wasted unless you let it be.
  3. A book takes readers on a journey. Enhance it. Let your characters travel. A recent Amazon bestseller had  reviewers praise it for its travel descriptions although they felt the story lacked pace.
  4. Nothing like fleeing through a mysterious building to add suspense to your cozy.

Revisit your Unfinished Manuscripts

My unfinished manuscripts sit in boxes under the bed, in filing cabinets in the garage, on my hard drive. When I do look at them, I am always surprised by scenes I had forgotten, characters who scream to be allowed to tell their stories.

It’s always worth taking a look again–maybe expand a short story or reduce a novel to a novella. If the problem is plot failure. rework the outline.

The finished work could always add to your Kindle back list The more the merrier when it comes to sales.