• Creative Writing 101,  Excerpt,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing Journey

    Opening Sentences for Uncompleted Projects

    Fun fact: I used to have over 100 blog drafts. I eventually got it down to under 25, because some of them were just ideas. Others were full posts that were outdated because things had changed. In any case, one of the posts to survive is the one I’m presenting today. A few years ago, to embarrass myself for my writing and blog anniversary, I shared the opening lines for some of my older projects. In getting that post together, I had actually compiled the opening lines for every wannabe novel-length project I could find, finished or unfinished. For brevity, in that original post, I only included my favorites. I…

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    First Lines & Opening Sentences: Anniversary Edition

    You’re in for a treat today! In celebration of the month I finished my first ever novel project – 21 years ago – I’m embarrassing the crap out of myself by pulling out the opening sentences of some old projects and displaying them for your enjoyment, because we all need a good laugh sometimes. ­čśÇ Note: Unless otherwise stated, the stories have a contemporary/modern-day or near-future setting. If the story is finished, I’ll put the date, otherwise it’ll just be marked as abandoned. ­čśů Untitled First Novel (romance?) – circa 1997 “Beep! Beep! Beep!” I turned off my alarm clock and opened my eyes. I looked around my room. Analysis…

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    A Cup of Excerpt Tea

    Excerpt day!! ^_^ I don’t post excerpts too often, but I’m really excited about what I’m working on and want to share. Little background information: “Winter’s Siren” – is a dark magical realism retelling told in two point-of-views. This scene is from Devi’s. She’s been sheltered to the extreme. The setting is in the middle of nowhere Colorado, near-future modern day, in the middle of winter. They’re in a very isolated opera house nestled in the mountains, several miles from civilization. In the story, each opera they put on is sponsored by a benefactor. Little information about this particular scene: Andrew is working there as the groundskeeper. Devi has recently…

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    #WIPMarathon Report #9 (October)

    Alright! I was totally prepared for check-in time this month! Too bad I didn’t do anything this month! (I’m not bitter.) Last report wordcount + chapter count: Whisper = Full Outline 100% Done, 6865 words, Chapter 3 Phantom Silence = Baby Outline 100% Done, 16,375 words, Chapter 10 Between Ashes and Ice = Work-in-progress Outline in Shambles,┬á11,972 words, Chapter 3 The Raven = Full Outline 100% Complete! Monthly Total: ┬á10,112 words, 4 chapters, and 3 outlines done. ^_^ Current report WC + CC: The Raven = 2004 words, Chapter 1 I did read over the opening to one of my┬áother┬ástories and make some minor changes, but outside of this and…

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    #WIPMarathon Report #8 (September)

    Wow, this┬ámonth went by super fast. Like, how is it check-in time already?!! Last report wordcount + chapter count: Whisper = Baby Outline Done, 6801 words, Chapter 3 Phantom Silence = 10 Chapters into the Outline, 11,013 words, Chapter 7 Between Ashes and Ice = 5 Chapters into the Outline, 7286 words, Chapter 2 Current report WC + CC: Whisper = New & Improved Full-Grown Outline 100% Done, 6865 words, Chapter 3, 64 new words courtesy of a new opening paragraph! Phantom Silence = Baby Outline 100% Done, 16,375 words, Chapter 10 Between Ashes and Ice = Current Miniature Outline in Shambles,┬á11,972 words into the draft, Chapter 3 The Raven…