Every writer has a cupboard or computer full of unfinished drafts.
But what if something were to suddenly happen to us and those embarrassing or poorly thought out scribbles were let out into the world?
I’m not a famous writer, so I don’t need to worry just yet about my estate getting into a wrangling about selling on my work, nor with publishers creating thousands of knock off novels based around the characters I created, but for some writers this is the case.
For all of us, our drafts are precious potentials, but just that and nothing more. I expect we can all compare our draft to our finished work and see the vast gulf between those early scratchings and the polished product at the end.
Even finished drafts can been difficult to let out into the world where we prefer our trusted few to read them with an expectation that they are still rough work.
A part of me is horrified that Terry Pratchett chose to crush his unfinished work, and another part applauds him.
Worth a read if you haven’t seen it already No wonder Terry Pratchett wanted to avoid the Stieg Larsson treatment (Link)