So, I’ve been working my way through the first edit for the story I’m going enter into the 5000 word competition at www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk. I got into the habit a few years ago of writing stories down instead of keeping them in my head and waiting for a competition to present itself so I could use it. What if such a thing never happened? Anyway, I wrote down one such idea and it will be my entry into the aforementioned comp. The story centres on a man with a special gift that he does not know and has yet to discover why it is in fact special and why he has the gift in the first place. He takes drastic measures to try and find answers when a random crime happens in front of him and gives him an idea. Will the idea help him or will it be his down fall?
I’m not sure yet to be honest. So far my hero is following along with a new friends plan for world domination in the quite literal sense. I’ve already spotted a few changes I’d like to make to my story so I’m sure that will be fun chopping and changing stuff to get them in (yawn) This story had been floating around in my skull for years until I committed it to paper and made plenty of notes to back it up with. But, after years of it just sitting on my laptop and waiting to be edited (sad face) it finally got its wish.
And now I cannot find the smeggin notes I made. None of the bloody things. Not one single chuffin word. I’ve checked my high number of note pads and books and nothing. Goose egg none. This does mean I’ll have to remember it all again but this may be a good thing. Possibly. I’ll let you know how I get on.
With this loss of notes I decided to try something different. I decided to write another story, this time a western, and only make notes as I went along. I can only makes notes as I write with any plot points and such being created along the way. I’m not sure how this will work out but so far I have given my hero, currently named Benedict, a back story involving his parents and possible the reason why he is going to do…whatever it is he is going to do. In truth, I have plenty of ideas knocking about but so I’ll either use them for something else or throw them all in at once for this new story. May god have mercy on my soul.
Well, thank you for reading and I’ll see next time.
5 thoughts on “The loss of notes for a finished story and the lack of notes for a new one.”
Good luck with your new story. My goal this year is to begin to work on a fantasy novel. I haven’t written any material outside of the blog since my older daughter was born outside of my blog. It is, to say the least, intimidating.
Thanks. I suppose you’ve got an excuse having children and all;) but I hope you do start writing something towards your fantasy novel soon. As soon as you start you’ll probably have trouble stopping.
I think so…. hence the fear there. I do love to throw myself into writing. Nothing is quite like it. Let us know how your story goes… and when it is complete, too.
Good luck with the re-finding of the story. Sometimes the lost notes are best staying lost as the stronger images of the story stay with you and the waffle-covered-with-syrup bits you naturally edit out. It also gives you an idea of the arc you want to aim for. Planning is good, but you need to get the idea out of your head first.
Thank you. I remember the core idea of the story, which for some reason wasn’t clearly stated in the story when I wrote the first draft. I actually prefer writing and creating as I go. My latest story has been bouncing around my head for years. It’s pretty much all written just in separate scenes I recall every so often. I like how you’ve described the bits that get removed. And I haven’t had waffles in ages. Cheers