A while back - not sure when exactly - I pondered the idea of doing a short story writing month. Well, I decided to do it this month, with the basic rules being that no matter what state the story is in, it gets posted in a public place immediately following the end of the week (i.e., post last week's story today).
Well, I failed spectacularly in the first week. I started with good intentions, but things got in the way (read: the Excuse Monster came for a visit). I did manage to write something, though:
"I winced as I watched the events unfold on the monitor to my side."
Yeah, seriously, that's it. So, lacking an actual story, I thought I might talk about what was supposed to come out of that sentence (which, I can admit, is actually not that great on its own).
I had a few ideas; my first idea, and one I don't think I'm going to run with anymore, was going to be a superhero story told from the villain's point of view. I don't think I had any specific direction beyond that, aside from attempting to garner sympathy for the "villain".
The next idea, when I was going to just try and finish the story in a hurry, was that of a museum security guard who encounters ghosts of some sort at night. I'm not too great at writing "horror" or suspense, but I might have had a little fun with that.
So, back to the drawing board, as they say. My goal this week is to at least get a coherent story written. I'm not going to overthink it, but rather I'm going to find a writing prompt somewhere and just run wild and see what I get. Who knows, I might like it!