ETA I’ve been advised that this post is unclear.
I’ve been working on a story known as The Way for a year. (An actual year; I first posted the story on 4/25/13.) I have finished it, torn it up, finished it again, started over, gotten feedback, given up, and started over again. In my last post (4/15/14) I observed that it was at least mostly dead.
A few days after that, I decided to declare it officially dead and move on.
A few days after that, an idea of the vaguest sort popped into my head and quickly became a story. One of the quickest (and possibly best) stories I have yet written.
What I meant by today’s post is that setting aside a story that wasn’t working allowed a completely different story to come to life. A story which, in another startling coincidence, is at least partly based on another dead story long since given up.
Death begets life.
Original post below.
Shortly after my last post, I officially gave up on The Way.
Almost immediately, this happened: