It’s the day after Thanksgiving so if you’re reading this, you’re either still in a triptophan stupor, you’re back from shopping at midnight, or you, like me, prefer to guard the leftover stuffing instead of to fight for the best deal on hat and mitten sets. And while many would say they don’t like leftovers, I think there is a lot to be said for making something last and revisiting it on a new day and in a new way.
And I don’t just mean food.
As I pound away at my WIP, I realize that there are leftover ideas, scenes, and snippets from novels-that-will-never-be. I have folders and Word docs, I have scribbled pages and lists. There are outlines and names. And there are memories. Each one can give me a serving of something brand new for my WIP, even though it’s left over from another project.
Waste not want not, right?
I spent some time going through some of these leftover novel parts, and while not everything belongs on today’s plate, some of it reminded me what was delicious about those stories I pushed to the back of the shelf. A tree (or in this case, two trees), a line of dialogue, a scene long forgotten that made me smile. Some of it will continue to become part of my WIP, and part of it will end up back in the leftover bin, still more will go into the what-was-I-thinking trashcan. But no matter what, I’m thankful for the ability—and inclination—to look at something from yesterday with new eyes and a new perspective.
And now, it’s time for pumpkin mousse cake, writing, and a little turkey and stuffing. In that order.
How do you like your Thanksgiving leftovers? On a sandwich? In their original form on a plate the next day? Hash? Soup? And what about the writerly leftovers? Do you leave them to rot or forget about them? Or do you put them to good use?