Unwritten Story Ideas! (Wordbound, Week #25)

August 21, 2017 ♥ Posted in: Wordbound, Writing by Kristina Horner

Hey everyone! In case you missed it, #wordbound is back as of this past week! We’re officially on Week #25 after a bit of a summer break, and I couldn’t be more excited about getting back into the regular swing of writing with you guys.

This week’s prompt was a blogging specific one, and it was: What’s something you’ve always considered writing but haven’t yet?

The interesting thing about #NaNoWriMo (and having done it 11 times) is that most of my really big ideas I’ve at least attempted a first NaNo draft of. And while most of those projects I would probably entirely rewrite rather than attempt any sort of editing pass… it does help me sleep at night knowing that at least one version of many of my favorite ideas exist in some workable form.

There are a few things I’ve always wanted to try my hand at but haven’t, but I’d say those are much more of idea fragments, rather than full-fledged projects. Anything that gets past the fragment stage usually ends up just getting written in November.

Here are some ideas I’ve had and may come back to some time:

  1. I’ve been wanting to write a series of weird short stories, ones that don’t have much to do with each other but still feel somewhat like they go together. I’ve maybe already written some things that would work with this idea, but I haven’t come up with any kind of defining thread so it’s a perpetual back burner project.
  2. I talked about this in a blog post recently, but I’ve wanted to write something that involves North Dakota and my family heritage and the midwest for many years now. I’m still working out exactly what that project might look like, and how best to incorporate real history and traditions into a fictional story.
  3. A few years ago Joe and I got in a car wreck which left us stranded in a snowy highway town in Montana, and I’ve had it in my head since then to write a paranormal version of that experience. I imagine that could be a short story. I really want to write it.
  4. I’ve also been sitting on a non-fiction road trip idea in which I would write a series of blog posts about the various stops along the way. I first had the idea for the road trip a few years ago, and mapped out all the stops and how long it would take me, but then I never actually went on the trip. This is still something I would love to do.

I can’t think of anything else specific to share! Right now I am very focused on trying to actually finish a project that I haven’t let my mind drift too far into the realm of new ideas, because new ideas are attractive and shiny and distracting.

So many of the books I’d love to share with you guys someday are half-realized NaNoWriMo drafts in desperate need of more work, so I’m just trying to learn the focus needed to take first drafts to the next level. Taking writing classes and studying novel-writing as a craft has both armed me with the tools to hopefully do this, but also the additional self-doubt of realizing my story’s flaws more clearly. One step forward, two steps back. But I am trying to write every day. Even when it’s hard. Even when I walk through a bookstore and feel that crushing knowledge that thousands of amazing books are already out there… but possibly there are people who’d want mine too?

My goal is to finish the first draft of my current project by November 1st, in which case I’m hoping I can pick up one of these other ideas as a nice palate cleanser.

We’ll see, though. November creeps closer every day and I have a ton of work ahead of me.



Ellie says:

What I love about the movie Fargo is that even though it has a plot that really has nothing to do with Fargo at all, you DEFINITELY get a sense of what Fargo is like just from the dialogue, the type of characters you encounter, the accents, etc. I’m not sure what type of fictional story you were interested in writing that takes place in North Dakota, but the Midwest is so gorgeous and full of fascinating people that I’d probably read anything that takes place there.

In fact, you mentioned a paranormal story — I’d love to read a mystery or paranormal story that takes place in the Midwest. One of my favorite shows is Twin Peaks, and I love it because it combines mystery, horror, and paranormal with the Pacific Northwest (where I’m from). It does such a great job of capturing the feeling of the Pacific Northwest. Ugh. Love it. Sorry I started rambling. I just love stories that manage to capture a setting in a highly immersive way, especially smaller towns and unique places across the United States. Good stuff!

I agree with this wholeheartedly, and I hope when I do it that it comes across as genuine! 🙂

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