The Lego Concept

Is it wrong for a thirty two year old to still love playing with legos?

Last weekend my family and I made our yearly trip out to see my brother-in-law and his family in Glenview, IL. We spent most of the time playing with our nephews and on Sunday we watched them while my brother-in-law and his wife went to see “Hamilton”. I loved legos as a kid and have quite the collection of them in a huge bin in my attic but haven’t played with them in probably over ten years. So when my one nephew asked me to play legos with him I jumped at the chance. I was amazed at how much better modern legos have gotten. The design of some of the newer pieces really opens up a whole new level of detail in building with them, but not without cutting out the tried and true square cornered blocks that I grew up with. Those older style blocks still integrate seamlessly with the newer sleeker blocks. We’ll call this the lego concept.

As I near completing the first draft of my novel and begin to do some self editing and rewriting, I find that my writing is a parallel to this lego concept. As I read back over my book, I can see and overall improvement in my writing as I’ve gone along. Some of that has to do with books I’ve read like “12 Editors Tackle The 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writting” (I recommend this as a first read to anyone thinking about writing fiction) that helps you see and avoid mistakes in your writing. It’s also true that, like anything, the more you do it the better you get at it. So now the question comes up, since my writing has gotten better as the story moves along does that mean I need to completely throw out the first part and rewrite it from scratch? I don’t think I do and here is why.

My earlier writing may not be as smooth or fancy as my more current writing, but it’s still good writing and still works perfectly fine with the rest of the book. And think of it this way; I wouldn’t throw out all my old style legos and keep just the newer style pieces. If I did that I wouldn’t be able to build much with what I have left. Those old style pieces are still and integral part of the building blocks in newer lego sets.

I also think it’s safe to say if authors were to be constantly rewriting every thing to improve it, then it will never get done. That brings me to a very important revelation I’ve come to. Don’t continually rewrite your book till your happy with it cause chances are, it’s never going to be good enough in your own eyes. Instead just rewrite till your beta readers think it’s good (or better yet, great!) and enjoy it. If you have a good range of beta readers and the majority of them like your book, then chances are most of your targeted audience is going to enjoy it as well.

So now comes another question; should I wait till after Christmas to trek into the attic and drag my large bin of legos down? Or go ahead and bring them down now?

Here are some pictures of our creations

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