I Do Have Several Such Manuscripts

Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what might become of them? Will someone in your family pick them up and FINISH them? [as the estates of some famous authors have done]. Would you WANT anyone (family or otherwise) to finish writing those stories you envisioned and possibly outlined? 

I think it’s very likely that I’ll have several unfinished manuscripts when I depart this earth. In fact I have several sitting on my computer right now. A couple of them are edited and ready to go, but for one reason or another I haven’t tried to get them published. My favorite unpublished work has a heroine that people will not like. I understand her and think she experiences a lot of growth as the manuscript advances, but a lot of people won’t ever like her.

Will anyone in my family pick them up and finish them? I doubt it. I only have one son who might be interested in doing so. He has written two books of his own that are very good, but he’s shy of sharing his books with the world so they’re sitting on his computer. He’s a very good writer so if he would finish them I’m sure they’d be good, but I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that he’d take them in a totally different direction than I would. Once we decided on a topic and each of us agreed to write it our own way, and then we’d compare stories. We had fun for awhile, but then he lost interest.

Truthfully, I don’t guess I’d want anyone to finish my stories. They’re mine, and I know the way I want them to go. Even if the writing was good it still wouldn’t be my story anymore. Still, if my son wanted to give it a try I’d cheer him on from the great beyond and hope he enjoyed himself and had good luck with the book.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to I Do Have Several Such Manuscripts

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    I’m glad to hear that your son is involved with creative writing.
    And I do understand the reluctance that many writers have with submitting their work to an agent, editor, publisher, whomever.
    But once he gets past that major hurdle, the follow-up submissions should be a whole lot easier for him.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      I think it would be too, Jeff, but I’ve never been able to persuade him. He honestly is a good writer. He won a writing competition when he was in college.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    One of my guest authors here at 4F1H was afraid to submit her first steampunk novel, despite several of us reading and helping her revise. Her daughter got so tired of the excuses that she took the manuscript without her knowing and published it on Amazon! This was followed by a month of frantically working to “fix” a lot of errors that were found, and getting a decent cover (Her daughter originally published it with a plain black rectangle with the title!). So maybe your son could be persuaded with the threat “If you don’t do it, I will!” As for your manuscripts, I have to agree with your assessment.


    • I feel your pain. One rejection,(or even acceptance), and there my work sits. I really need a fire to be set under me.
      Looks like most of us will have work left undone, but then, most writers do, even the greats, including composers.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      I doubt it would work with Steve. He has a mind of his own and always has had.


      • Elaine Cantrell says:

        Sorry, the first reply was for Patty. I agree, Tonette. I think this situation will be fairly normal for all writers and artists.


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