Monday, February 21, 2011


So today I am going to start a new WIP. I am a few thousand words into one short story (that I think I am going to cancel), and another WIP (Slice). But I just have to write this new idea now. Why? Because I have been inspired!

Usually when thinking of new ideas, I start off with a creature I want to write about. From there, a story starts to mold in my head. Example: I wanted to write about witches. After some thinking, Enchant was born.

For my new WIP (The Curse), I was inspired by a song called Howl by Florence and the Machine. If you listen to the song, it is really cool and it totally just made me want to write.

So, I'm off to start this new book. What inspires you? And how do your stories first appear in your head?

Monday, February 7, 2011

All My Failures

Today's topic is ideas that have been thrown away. And trust me, I have LOADS of these failures. I can't even remember all of them, but I have been writing for a few years and most of what I have started I stopped writing after a few chapters. As I've gotten older, (if you can call fourteen older), I've stopped giving up and kept working through my stories. Well, they also are good ideas.

One idea that I trashed was pretty much an exact replica of the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. It was told from a guy's POV, and it was pretty much Sweep. I got a few chapters done with that before deleting it.

Another idea that I threw out soon after starting was about a boy who finds out he is a witch, and a girl takes him to a magic school in Italy. He gets a crush on this girl, but when he gets to the school he discovers that she is already in a relationship... with his cousin. There was also going to be some riding on sea monsters in this book. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I would like to try to revisit this story in the future. This was told in duel perspectives: one boy and one girl.

The final bad idea I am going to be talking about is The Deceased. It was a book about a girl and a guy who are seemingly the last ones left after the zombie apocalypse. This one was the farthest I've actually gotten in a book without finishing it. The problem was that the story was going way too fast, and the book was already about three fourths done when it was 15K. You can see the problem with that.

And then I wrote Enchant for NaNoWriMo. I actually finished a whole book. Admittedly, it needs a lot of work, but I think it could actually be something when I get those rough spots fixed up.

And while writing this post I've noticed something. I think the reason I've had so many flops was because I was still finding my voice. When I started writing, it was always from a boy's POV. Then I got a little better when I added some girl perspective. Now, I almost always write from a girl's POV. Don't ask why, because I can't tell you.

Anyway, those are some of my failed attempts to write a book. If you have any that you'd like to share, feel free to comment!
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