• 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 Others were full posts that were outdated because things had changed.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…

  • Ideas,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    The Graveyard of Crap I Need To Rewrite

    Haha. I’ve come to conclusion that I am being haunted by old projects, so I’m going to talk about what is haunting me and my plan to remedy this situation. Anything that I wrote before 2007 is off the table. This isn’t to say that I’ll never rewrite any of those. I’m only saying that none of those projects are haunting me. Also off the table are any partially finished projects. Most of these are not far enough along to haunt me anyway, and I don’t really consider them to be “unfinished.” They’re more like “ideas-in-progress.” Unfinished to me means I left loose ends everywhere, and ideas-in-progress don’t have loose…

  • Facts of Life,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing Journey

    The Writer I Was Ten Years Ago…

    Over the weekend, I was cleaning up my Stories folder, because I decided to finally and officially move “Discord” and another story called “How Deep Is My Darkness” to the Story Graveyard. If I’m not going to publish them, as is, and I’m not, then there’s no reason to keep them in the same folder as stories that are actually finished. The reason it took me so long to move them is twofold: First: They weren’t in horrible shape, and at the time, I had literally trashed every single story I had ever written, and I don’t know. I guess I just thought it was sad. So I didn’t trash…

  • Facts of Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    A Eulogy for Past Projects

    I read somewhere last week that when we have a lot of unfinished projects they can haunt us. Affect our focus. Scatter our brains. So, I’ve decided to just say “screw it” and give myself permission to not give a crap anymore. The stories will work out or they won’t. The rewrites will happen or they won’t. It’s just not that serious! Sometimes I pick up a project that’s been sitting for a while and find that the plot has changed. This isn’t a big deal if everything is gelling and making sense. It’s not a big deal if everything has changed for the better. It’s also not a big…

  • Excerpt,  Fun,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing Journey

    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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜… 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…