Saving Scenes For Another Story

Anonymous asked: “I tend to hold myself back from using a certain scenes even though it fits the mood well because I feel like I can use it for another story. It honestly has me wondering if i can ever write a part with similar emotions better later. Should I just use the parts I write or save them for later?”

In some cases, if you really can’t approach a topic as fully as you might want to, it would be worth it to “save” that topic for another story, but if you feel it can be addressed proficiently in the story you’re writing now, I don’t see a reason not to include it, even if may write other books about it later on. 

I don’t think every book that every author writes needs to be hugely different from the last project. They can have shared space and overlap, in fact, readers expect it and in a lot of ways hope for it. If one topic of a novel really drew you in, you might hope that the author’s next book is also somehow related to that topic as well. 

For instance, Stephen King writes a lot of horror. He writes other genres as well, but if you liked The Shining, there’s a good chance that you’ll also enjoy Carrie. The books have a few things in common, but maybe they aren’t overly similar, but still. You can have books with more in common than even that. 

So, one of my favorite novels is Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner and is about one family’s demise following the Civil War. Some of the main characters actually appear (again as main characters) in his other novel The Sound and the Fury. In this case, the novels actually stand alone and work independently of each other and even overlap a little in time. There are a lot of shared themes and interests in both novels, but they work. And guess what, I loved Absalom, Absalom! so I also loved The Sound and the Fury. It was a novel that showed there was more to the story and added dimension that wouldn’t fit naturally into the other novel. 

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