One of my favorite things to write is fiction. I always have stories swirling around in my head. Usually it’s a sound or a scent or just the thought of one thing and I’m writing an entire story around it. In my head. Not usually on paper.
I first started actually putting these stories from my brain to pen and paper back in 2010, when I wrote my first piece of fiction titled The Window. It was the first time that I allowed a story out of my head. And it’s rough…what I thought a story should be instead of just writing what I felt. Since then, I’ve written 11 other pieces of fiction. All of them dark. Sad. Not happy. So if that’s not your thing, don’t check ’em out.
But the problem is I have all these stories in my head. Some I’ve actually started drafts of and not finished, and some that are lingering there…waiting for me to do more with them.
When I write fiction, I just catch a quick glimpse of something. Like I said it’s usually a sound or a scent or a thing, sometimes a “scene” that I’m peeking in on. I don’t know the characters when I start the story, and I never know how it will end.
But since I wrote The Window 5 years ago…a mere 700 words…the story has always felt incomplete. Like there was more that needed to come out. Like there is a real story there. I don’t plan to ever write a novel. But I’d love to expand on the beginning and see where it takes us.
And that’s where you come in. I need your help. I guess I’m wondering what part of the story did you like…or not like? What do you want to hear more of?
Remember those “Chose Your Own Adventure” books from when we were kids? That’s how I feel right now. I feel like the story could go in a few different directions. I thought it might be fun if you prompted me with an idea. Maybe prompt isn’t the right word. What I really need is some direction.
Since I always write such dark stories, should I try for something lighter? Do I just start writing and see where it takes me? I’m out of practice! I haven’t written any fiction since 2012, and I’m feeling a bit leary about trying again. Does that sound weird? It’s like the fact that I always write such dark things scared me away from something that I love to do.
I’m stuck. Let me know what you think! Should I continue with the story or start one of the drafts I already have?