Ghosts of Literary Past
My first novel was called “The Atlantis Project”. Inspired by a fascination with Sea Quest and Star Trek, I embarked on my own science fiction adventure. I think the idea of an underwater colony and an Earth that has had to colonize the ocean’s floor is probably still a good idea, but my goodness did I love /adverbs/! (And very thinly disguised Federation of Planets plagiarism! Ah the foibles of our teenage fanfiction…) I never realized just how superflous adverbs are until I waded through my own bulky prose filled with ‘strongly growling’ and ‘timidly mumbling’ heroes and heroines!
The book, all 300 pages of it, wasn’t very good. However, it’s nice to see it’s also not terrible. I’m thinking the idea of world-governments battling for fertile ocean soil probably has a lot of potential, re-written from a fresh and more mature perspective. It’s nice to look at the ghosts of your literary past and see that the seeds of good writing are there, and also it’s nice to see how you’ve grown. So maybe the battle for the earth’s last fertile soil will one day make it back into print, minus about 10000 adverbs.