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.

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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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