on Anne R. Allen:
Are old manuscripts gathering dust in your archives?
Every writer has (at least) one and probably more. They’re the old manuscripts we—most certainly including Anne and me—started but didn’t finish or did finish but somehow went off track. They’re our false starts, our duds and misfires, our first novels, our practice novels, our orphans, our cast-offs.
Abandoned, neglected, shunted aside, started but never finished, they’re the old manuscripts collecting dust somewhere in the distant reaches of our hard drives.
They also include books we finished that were never published, or else were published so badly they never found their audience.