I’ve Been Here Before

Years ago, before I started writing fiction, I “always wanted” to.  For many years, I wanted to write a story, a novel.  I would come up a great opening line or two, but then not have a clue what to do with it.

Then, on my way home from work one day, I outlined a novel in my head and it became One Night in Bridgeport, my first novel.  And, what I refer to as my story storm door blew wide open.  Dozens of short stories and a couple of novels later, I think I’m back there again.

I went camping last week and had an interaction with a fellow camper that gave me an idea for the beginning of the story.  It goes like this…

I called her Chicago because that was the only name I had for her.

And I have an idea for what is to follow, but I have no idea how to write it.  I love that opening line, but just don’t understand how the words that follow put themselves together.

Do you?

P.S.  I haven’t given up on this idea.  I’m working on it.  I’ll see what happens with it.  Just thought I’d share another idea on where I’m at with my writing.

About kingmidget

About the name. I was the youngest of four. Until I got to kindergarten, I didn't have much to say. All I had to do to get what I wanted was to point, and a sibling, or loving parent, would fulfill my request. As a result, my father coined the nickname -- King Midget. At least that's the way the story goes. I am a father, husband, friend, and lover, writer, runner, pizza maker, baker, and many other things. What I am not is my occupation. It is my job that pays the bills and provides for my family. But, it does not define me.
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7 Responses to I’ve Been Here Before

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    It’s a great opening line for sure. I’d love to see where you take it.

  2. Sounds like a killer opening to me, but one of those projects where you might have to feel your way along as you go. So often I get a line that sticks in my head and gets a whole book going, but a lot of the time that line doesn’t make it to the last draft!

  3. Amy Reese says:

    Great opening line! Just go with it. Write and don’t let that little voice stop you. You must have it in your head for a reason. Don’t doubt it.

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