Just a few days after posting my own Tale of a Trunk Novel, I found this in a memoir I was reading:
I'm mulling over the story I spent years writing and failed to turn
into anything ... Nothing is wasted when you are a writer. The stuff
that doesn't work has to be written to make way for the stuff that
might; often you need to take the long way round."
--What Comes Next and How to Like It, by Abigail Thomas
often, writers find this happening: our own thoughts or experiences
there on a page written by another. As a reader, there's that joy of
connection, that "Me, too!" moment, that feeling of being less alone. As
a writer, there's that worry that no thought is really new or original.
if all we do when we write is find new ways to say old truths, I'm okay
with that. Because we each have to discover life for ourselves.