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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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jongibbs
Feb. 16th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Are the three a series, or seperate ideas?
meredith_wood
Feb. 16th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
2 are for my paranormal series and then the other one is for a 3 part series of books I'm doing in contemporary. This series isn't like my paranormal series because each book is separate from the other ones. I'm exploring the "other girls". My first book was TBOM which explores the best friend of the rape victim and how she copes with the issue. The next one will follow a girl that we believe is an obnoxious snob by her actions in TBOM. She turns out to be suffering from neglect at home and then must recover from losing a loved one to a drug overdose, while fighting to not fall into the same trap of using. The third book in this series will follow a character from the second book and tell her story. I'm hoping to show my readers that it's important to take the time to look closer at a situation and a person rather than jumping to harsh judgments right off. All three of these books will be connected, but certainly stand alone as well. The last book in this series has already been written but will need revisions.

Wow! You managed to get me to talk more about my writing than I have in a long time. Thanks!
jongibbs
Feb. 16th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I think all books should be stand alone - even if they're part of a series. I think that's why I was a little underwhelmed by the fifth and sixth Harry Potters.

Enjoyable, to be sure, but they didn't have the same satisfying conclusion that the others had, at least, that's how I felt.
meredith_wood
Feb. 16th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
I agree with you there. I want a satisfying conclusion to my books. I'm not a fan of cliff-hanger endings at all.

Edited at 2010-02-16 04:17 pm (UTC)

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