Jon Gibbs (jongibbs) wrote,
Jon Gibbs
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Incomplete works and unfinished projects: What’s in your trunk?


 
Like most writers, I have a trunk full of unfinished or abandoned projects.  
 
Whenever I think of a possible story, I make a few notes so that I don’t forget the basic idea. For flash fiction/shorts I might only write a sentence. For novels, I write a rough, query-size description.
 
Some of the stories never get past the summary stage, but I find it useful to rummage through that trunk on a semi-regular basis. Not least because I sometimes come across a promising idea which I’d forgotten all about.
 
Over the weekend (between shoveling the rest of the driveway and clearing a path from our front door to the mail box), I dusted off my ideas folder and found this brief summary of an idea I had for an MG novel:
 

Dead Doris (MG urban fantasy)

 Doris and Kimberley are best friends. Doris is pretty, confident and by far the smarter of the two, but Kimberley wouldn’t trade places with her for the world. After all, who’d want to be the ghost of a ten-year-old girl?
 
Not that Doris is dead you understand. She’s only ‘mostly dead’, and as everyone
knows, mostly dead is slightly alive. 

 
Every year, on the anniversary of her death, a door appears at the spot where
Doris died and she must choose whether to stay on earth or walk through
the golden door and become ‘all dead’. This year though, the door
appeared two days early. Instead of polished gold, it’s black and covered in slime. Something’s trying to come through from the other side.  It wants Kimberley.  Is it Death? If so, what did she ever do to be
sent to the dark place? 

 
One thing’s for sure. Doris isn’t about to let anything bad happen to her best friend.  
 

My current WIP, A Union of Snakes, should keep me occupied for a good part of this year, but when that’s done, I think I’ve found my next project.  
 
How about you?
 
What all-but forgotten story ideas are hiding in your trunk?  
 

    
  


 


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