“The Old Thing” is dead. Long live “The New Thing”!

Or something to that effect.

Those who have been following this blog for a while or those who know me in my day to day life, knw that THE NEW SOPHISTICATES has been my novel-in-progress for the last year and a half. For better or worse, I’m putting THE NEW SOPHISTICATES’ rough and as-yet unfinished pages aside, possibly for good. There is a fair amount of decent stuff in there, but when it comes down to it, I’m not in love with the project anymore. The fire is gone. THE NEW SOPHISTICATES is now simply “The Old Thing.” What I’m saying is I’ve moved on.

Moved on to what though? “The New Thing” (which is currently untitled) has really re-stoked the writerly fires in me. Where “The Old Thing” dealt with a lot of topics and issues I knew very little about (e.g. investment banking, SEC investigations, rampant illicit drug use, real estate, etc.), “The New Thing” covers ground and ideas I’m intimately familiar with: Human Service (i.e. social) work, 8:00 – 5:00 workdays, an austere office setting, “the hood,” rumor mills, personal anxieties and dichotomous themes such job burnout conflicting with a real desire to help people. The flavor of “The New Thing” is very “Contemptibly, A Hair,” which is actually the new first chapter (for now anyway).

So far, I’ve got a 30 page rough draft, copious hand written notes, character sketches, ideas galore, but most importantly, an enormous drive simply to work on the damn thing!

All of this is not to say you won’t see parts of “The Old Thing” resurrected in “The New Thing, not at all. There is some dialog I happen to like very much that could totally work when transplanted into CONTEMPTIBLY, A NOVEL (ed. note: not its real name). Stay tuned for more!

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2 thoughts on ““The Old Thing” is dead. Long live “The New Thing”!

  1. Pam Parker says:

    Sounds like a smart move – it can be a hard thing to set aside a project you’ve given so much time to, but clearly, your heart is pulling your writing elsewhere. Good for you for listening to it. Good luck.

    • joemowens says:

      Thanks Pam! Yeah, it wasn’t an easy decision. I’ve been hemming and hawing about it for a while now and realized, if it takes this much effort to convince myself to stick with the old project when the new one feels so much more alive, then it was probably time to put it to rest!

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