Hi everyone, So last night I was just thinking about writing "stuff", such as how far I've come since I started, whether people like my work, what I want to write in the future, etc. Then I came to thinking about the first novel I wrote, and how much it, well, sucked. But the thing is (and those of you who have written a novel already will understand this a lot more), that first novel is my baby. I can't let it go. I loved the initial premise, the characters (even if they were extremely 2D), the settings. I had 9 books planned for the series. But, as you may have guessed, the manuscript was a flop. Only I got to thinking: what if I completely revamped it, the first book in particular? I could read through it again, make a note of what worked and what didn't (and what didn't work simply because I didn't have the writing ability back then), and see if I could create a new universe - a super-universe, if you will? One where I've learned from my mistakes, the characters have all the basics but are now fleshed out, and the narrative and dialogue is gripping. What do you all think about this? Do you think it's a nice idea to go back to your previous work and try to make everything better, because it is your baby, after all? Or do you think that you should think of your first novel as an experiment: either a success and gets published, or simply something to look back on fondly and learn from, but not to re-use? Discuss.