Thursday, 21 July 2011

Lost Story

So I've managed to lose a story. I've got a word document with loads of half written shorts, flashes, book attempts, even just first lines in and I thought it was there. But it's not. I can't find it.

The story in question was written about a year ago. The start of a novella. A classic, and probably cliched, PI story. I can remember parts of it. I started writing it in third person but it didn't work so I rewrote it in first. This may be how it got lost. I might have deleted too much after the rewrite.

What's that you say, back ups? Yeah, that'd be a good idea wouldn't it? Keeping regular copies of everything in case a disaster happens. Yeah, what a good idea.

I really fancied writing a bit of it today. Instead I'm racking my brain, trying to think of the plot and start.

I think it started thusly:

Yeah she's still talking but I've long stopped listening.

I can't remember much more, but it's bugging me now so I'm going to have to re-write it.

Anyway, submissions keep going out and rejections keep coming back. Had a really nice one the other day. She said, after rejecting it, 'let me know when it's published as I would buy it.'

That cheered me up.


Julie Lewthwaite said...

Ha! I used to get nice rejections, too. Makes you wonder what you have to do, doesn't it?

I hope your story turns up - sounds like a good 'un. Cracking first line!

Charlie Wade said...

Thanks Julie. Most of the recent rejections have been standard ones, but getting good ones make it nearly worthwhile. It comes back to the "Publishers just aren't taking new people on" argument (except for Celebs of course)

If I say so myself, the PI story was a good one. More has come back to me now. I might self pub some short stories and have it as the last one. Have to rewrite the damn thing first though...

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