I have put my story – The Storm, under the Written Bits tab at the top of the page, please feel free to go and read it.  Make a comment if you like.

I enjoyed this challenge, and although it was really only to motivate me to write, I am pleased that I did it, and that others have got something out of it as well.  

What I really want to discuss today is the evolution of a story – I have just written another short story, this one nearly 2000 words, about a vampire feeding.  When I initially wrote the story, he would meet some men in a dark alley who were about to commit a crime.  He justified his actions of feeding by taking out the underbelly of the crime world.  However, the story didn’t quite sit right for me.  

Once I write a story, I like to leave it for a few days or a few weeks, depending on how big it is, so that I can take a step back and read it with fresh eyes when I come back to it.  I find that this gives me more information, inspiration and sometimes the balls to say – no, that was crap!

This time when I came back to it, I knew something wasn’t right with it, so I wondered about making the victim a female.  To be honest, I am not sure how I got the story to the final product, but I do remember a story about Jack the Ripper where he was interrupted on one of his kills by a passerby – he never got to finish off what he was doing, but he went on to attack another woman that night.

It got me thinking, with a little poetic license, why couldn’t I change my story to sort of bring it into line with the Jack the Ripper tale?  And that is what I did.  It is a little gruesome, which is what my short stories seem to be at the moment, but while they are coming, I will not get too upset over the genre details.  If I can get more published because they are horror / scifi / fantasy, then so be it!

Writing is all about ideas evolving, moving as you tell the tale.  Sometimes what starts out as a good story, can finish as a great story, because you decided to let your story move at its own pace and with its own ideas.

Stories Evolving and The Storm

2 thoughts on “Stories Evolving and The Storm

  • February 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    That story sounds really interesting and I would love to read it. It kind of reminds me of a comic book mini-series I read last year called “Drain” about a vampire who killed criminals and/or bad people, kind of like Dexter in the Showtime series/book series. The difference is that she would then chop he victim’s heads off so no one would see bite marks and think the murderer was a vampire.

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