Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reviving Revising the Dead Bad

Last year, I spent a long time, months really, working on a story. I wrote it out in my notebook so I could squelch the urge to edit as I wrote. Then I finished it, and when I went to type it up, I discovered that the story was so bad that I couldn’t even stomach pressing the keys on the keyboard (you can read about that here). I did finally get it typed, and then I tried, I tried to breathe some life into it. I read and reread it. I thought about it in the shower, where I get some of my best ideas (why don't they make waterproof paper? - I'm sure I'm not the only one who needs to make notes underwater). I changed the secondary character to someone who would provide more conflict. I poked and prodded and pounded the story's chest. But it was stubbornly lifeless. BOOOORRING... So I abandoned it, left it to fester on my flash drive. Sad, I know, but it had to be done.

Best. Idea. Ever. Leaving it alone. Because, even though I was pretending it didn't exist, my miserable, timid, yawn-fest was always there in the back of my mind, with its glimmer of potential. Then I wrote another story with a similar main character. This new story spawned my Big Project Idea, a collection of short stories about the new character, and when I was thinking about possible stories I could write, I remembered that other poor, lifeless Blah, and I sought it out and pressed Ctrl+H and replaced the old MC with my new MC and it was way better. I had to change the style of the story and the MC's attitude about a couple of things, and I have to rewrite the whole middle. I can't wait!

And when it's finished, I'll have 3 stories in my collection. Maybe I'll throw together a tracker widget for the sidebar there --> so you can keep up with my progress...


septembermom said...

Good for you bel. I'm glad that you revived your great idea. It would be cool to follow your progress with the tracker widget. Good luck!

The Write Girl said...

It sounds like you are on the right track with your story. I have abandoned a lot of my stories so I can relate. I think it's a cool idea to add your progress on the widget. Have you considered a voice recorder? If anything pops up while you are in the bathroom or throughout your day, you can just press the button and your done. Have a great weekend!

septembermom said...

Hi Bel,

Well, I got the courage to put up the vlog today. Of course, I decide to do it at 11:30 PM when I'm tired and wiped out looking. Anyway, come on by if you get the chance to "see" me. Hope your day is going well. Early dismissal today for my kids. Snow! Snow! Snow!

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