Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IWSG: Everything Old is New Again

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop. This month, the question hoppers can answer is: 
Have you ever pulled out a 
really old story and reworked it? 
Did it work out?

My answers: Sort of, and Yes.

Incarnation #1. About 7 years ago (2010), I had a story idea about a young woman who was a monster slayer (original, huh?). The villain was a monster called The Ratman, who preyed on children. The premise sort of followed the Pied Piper story, and as a nod to the musical aspect, I wrote song lyrics (a short poem, actually) to start the story. After fiddling with it for a few months, I had no enthusiasm and put it away.

Incarnation #2. Two years later (2012), I picked up the story, titled it Ratman, and decided I could solve the lack of originality by adding Sci-Fi elements to it, something about world wide nexus points that could transfer you from place to place... I dunno. I love Sci-Fi, but I totally failed at developing a believable scientific basis for the novel.

Incarnation #3. A little over two years ago (2014), I entered a contest on for a 400-word novel opening. I got out my creepy Ratman poem but needed to write the actual start of a novel. I thought, What's the most riveting opening I can imagine? Believe me, it's a lot easier to think up a beginning if you don't have to worry about writing the rest!  The contest was decided by popular vote from a lot of writers--and I won!  Then I decided I'd use my 400-word winning entry and try to expand it into a novel.

Final Incarnation.  BLOODWALKER, Thriller/Mystery novel published October, 2016.

That's right, my whole novel began as a poem written 7 years ago--and here it is:

School is out, no books today.
Boneyard’s where the children play.

Marta’s there and Peter, too,
Silent faces, cold and blue.

Shut the doors. Lock them tight.
Ratman prowls the streets tonight.

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This is a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It exists so the community of blogging writers can share and support each other, blog-hopping to cheerlead and commiserate. To find out more, visit: Insecure Writer's Support Group. Plus, check out the IWSG Website for lots of helpful info and links.
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