I started a new project a few weeks back. It’s dystopian – although not in the traditional sense. I had this brilliant, sparkly, framed in twinkly-Christmas-lights idea that maybe (just maybe) my dystopian didn’t have to be dark and well…yucky.
Why can’t the post-apocalyptic world revert to a ’50s mentality? Why can’t people have morals and values? Sure it’s set in an uber-controlling, almost serf-system, dictator-run country. But maybe I could frame it so that it’s not an ugly place to live…at least on the surface.
The world has been destroyed (and if you think I’m going to share my brilliant and totally original idea of how that happened, you are so wrong!) but maybe in a few ways it’s actually a better place to raise a family. Swearing is frowned upon. Sex before marriage is illegal. Prohibition is in full swing (unless you are rich or part of the government, of course).
So I started it, cranked out four chapters in one day, read it, cried a little, and closed the document. Why couldn’t I make my lovely idea work on paper?
I didn’t look at it again until last night. And honestly, it’s not as bad as I originally thought. It’s not perfect. But what first draft is?
Do you have projects you’ve shelved because you thought they were awful? Have you gone back and looked at them recently? Maybe you should.
We all have projects that we think are horrible at first. I have a whole file of trunked manuscripts. Slowly,I am picking them off. Can’t wait to learn more about your WIP.
Lindsay N. Currie
I found your writing blog! LOL, yes, I think we all have these moments. Sometimes you write chapters of them and take time away to reflect and sometimes we simply shove them into the corners of our mind until they make sense. Don’t quit on it though, I don’t know the details but it sounds interesting to me:)
Though I have sixteen published books, I have many more DOA manuscripts. Survival of the fittest, I suppose.
I like your idea, by the way. I hope you do finish it. Very unique.