In an effort to aleviate my frustration at being unable to actually write, I am posting a rant all about this goddamn story that REFUSES to keep quiet long enough for me to get my life back in order.
Last summer I wrote a short story (just under 1000 words) about a girl who could see things nobody else could. I called it "Ashley's Friends," got the A in the class, and forgot all about it. Time passed. I found myself thinking about the story more and more, and dug out the copies that had been reviewed by my classmates. I started to develop the story more in my notebook, and then forgot about it.
And yet somehow it's slipped into my mind and won't get out. I want to write it so bad! I find myself planning scenes as a stand at the sink doing dishes, brushing my teeth, waiting for the bus... It's consuming me! And the worst thing is, I don't even know if it's any good.
The basic plot is about a pair of sisters who can see tiny creatures that nobody else around them can. The younger sister is eventually hospitalized due to certain consequences of this ability, which the two of them have kept secret. When the younger sister reveals this secret she is kidnapped by people who want to exploit her ability. The older sister, feeling partially responsible, teams up with a young man and the secret society he's a part of to rescue the younger sister. The secret society is dedicated to protecting the creatures and views them with almost religious reverence.
Er, I don't want to say any more than that because then it gets into some details that a) give away key plot elements b) require more description of characters and circumstances than I want to go into and c) would probably end with me writing parts of the story instead of my paper.
In any case! Even though the character at the center of the story is the younger sister the whole thing is told from the perspective of the older sister (in third person because I really can't do first person...) The older sister has to reconcile her feelings about her younger sister and herself in the process of saving the sister. On top of this the boy that teams up with her also has some issues to deal with, and the two of them end up mixed up in each other's problems. Predictably, there is romance involved.
You'll note that none of these characters have names. I've named most of the secondary characters, but anything I try out for the three main characters doesn't seem to work. The younger sister was originally Ashley and the elder Erin, but when I sat down to try writing I realized that I kept mixing up the two names. If I can't keep them straight imagine how the reader would feel... (Ironically, this is one of the themes I want to work on.) The boy wasn't even in the original short story, and his personality keeps shifting as I work on him. He started out as this hardened bad-boy, but then I realized that a character like that would never work with the sister. Then I made him a really sensitive guy who was a bit emo, but that also didn't work because it didn't fit with what I needed him to do. Currently he's cheerful if slightly aloof and distant. Right now he's modeled after a guy I knew in the dorms. But the problem IS: he needs to have a name, and I SUCK at naming characters.
Anyway, that unnamed story and lots and lots and lots and lots of fics are running around in my head nonstop. It's always when I get busy that I get so many ideas.
Oh well. Let's be realistic: I AM DOING NOTHING BUT SCHOOL WORK FOR THE NEXT 9 WEEKS.