"Old" People Writing for Teens V

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You might be shocked to learn it's a YA horror. This time around, a group of friends visits an abandoned wild west theme park -- and, on the way over, befriend a pair of girls who join them after the MC helps one girl ward off the attentions of a guy being a creep. Unfortunately, the creep and his friends follow them to the park. Even more unfortunately, the park is also very much haunted.
 

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Are you doing it, BG?

I'm doing it, but I'm not really feeling it. I decided to rewrite a short story into a novel. I'm not sure how it will work. I have the feeling that I should just let the short story be the beginning of the novel up to a certain point and then deviate from that point. On the other hand, I may have ended the short story when I did due to logistics that might make continuing the story beyond that point impossible. Or might take it to a totally different place than I had expected.

As it is, I've tried to rewrite the scenes from the short and add things into it, but I think that keeps me from really feeling like I'm writing something special because I'm torn between words I wrote before and words I'm writing now.
 

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All right, decided this wasn’t working for me when I stopped writing yesterday (I was making a decision of where to go from there) & turned to reading an old NaNo project I abandoned on day 20 that year. I had more fun reading those characters (who I would’ve told you at the time I was horrible at writing) than I did reading the short in preparation for NaNo. I think I like the idea of Little Gifts/Lesbian Space Gypsies/Girls Falling from the Stars than I actually like the characters that came out of it.

I got up & wrote ~250 words of the Ice In Her Veins story, which isn’t much, but feels like something I can run away with. I’m too married to GFftS in short form to deviate from it. IiHV is also from a short, but it’s like 300 words, more concept than solid story. My opening doesn’t want to borrow anything but the first line (& even that I changed).
 

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It sounds like you've been busy, at least, Sage.

I'm not really doing it (probably), but I am using it as motivation to finish a rewrite. I started the month at 15K, and had another 70K to revise/rewrite. So far I've gotten about 7.5K done.

ETA I say probably because I definitely have the projects in the pipeline that I could use to do it properly. I just really want to finish this rewrite. But we'll see what happens.
 
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I might have just made a big mistake--at least as far as trying to stay focused on finishing revisions/rewrite goes. I decided to try and clear out my Google Drive, and went into a folder I'd called "Back Burner." There's a lot of pretty decent stuff there, some of which I'm now itching to either work on or expand from a short story to a full novel. ... What was I thinking? *faceplam*
 

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Tell me about it. I have to stay focused. And I love this story. It's a good story, and it's SO close to being there. I can tuck all those little nuggets back into the back of my brain; they'll still be there in a month, right?
 

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At 35,348. Last year, I was at 44,037 yesterday.

In other words, it's going okay, but not as good as last year. Can't complain too much, though.

The story itself is hard to judge. Probably have too much going on.