A few years ago, I had three characters in my head.
- A bright young man on the brink of adulthood, a man out of place in the world, something of an old soul.
- A feisty sister, engaging and charismatic, and maybe telepathic.
- An uncle whose motives are suspect.
I wrote nearly fifteen thousand words of Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi about them a few years ago, but I couldn’t make it coalesce. Their world simply would not stay consistent or believable.
So I shelved them.
But I didn’t scrap them.
Save your ideas. Even the losers. Not every idea is a winner, but hidden in the junk pile might be the seed of something amazing.
Recently, I’ve started a new project, a long short story or a short novella, and as I was working my ideas out, these three characters peeked out of the loser pile and offered themselves up for the cast of the new work-in-progress.
They shifted themselves around a little, they morphed into new versions of themselves, and they’ve taken on a new, richer life in this story. They’re thriving–better able to explore their world this time around.
Hidden in the junk pile might be the seed of something amazing. Is my new story amazing? I don’t know yet, but I know the feeling of finding the right home for your characters certainly is.