Thursday, November 29, 2012

Shedding Stories

I finally decided to delete one of the short stories I started a while back.  I was only a few hundred words into it, but I'm sure there are people who would oppose starting a story and not finish it.  I don't really mind doing so.

The story was either going to end up boring, extremely odd, or incredibly difficult to write.  My concept: the leader of a country watches the last of his people, save a handful of retainers and family, then leaves in a boat.  Originally I was going to have him found a new country, but after some thought I realized that I didn't know how to write that.  So, that's Outcome #3.  Outcome #1 was simply going along in the boat for a while before docking in a neutral country and going to diplomacy.  The extremely odd outcome was a pirate attack, which, while it may sound cool, would entirely defeat the mood of everything else in the story.

There's my dilemma and my choice.  Would you do the same?

6 comments:

  1. Sometimes you have to scrap a story. Maybe at some point a thought will strike you and you can use the idea again.

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    1. Perhaps. I should probably put it in my "Cool Stuff To Use Sometime" file.

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  2. Hey Patrick! Just read your interview at Kathy's blog. Welcome to this awesome community.

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  3. Nice interview at Imagine Today. I didn't realize Peggy was your inspiration to start blogging. She's awesome. Loved Brandon's BYU series and seeing Peggy with him.

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    1. Thanks. I agree, Peggy is pretty awesome.

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