I should have included a polar bear

I’m currently in the process of sorting out and organising my writing notes. This sounds a lot grander than it really is. When I used to write, I started dozens of notebooks, scribbled on scraps of paper, and created quite a few Word documents. They were saved all over the place, both in terms of hard drives, and boxes.

When I started writing again, I began a new system, and now it’s all a bit messed up.

With all the chaos, it was time to start sorting. The idea is that instead of sitting down and being put off by the disarray everything is in, once I have my folders sorted, I will have no excuse but to get writing. Either that, or this is just one more procrastination exercise and I will find another once this is done.

Regardless, this post is not about my non-existant writing work ethic. It is about what could have been. Amongst all the scribbles, I came across some notes headed up: Tribes. A catchy title, I know.

Upon further investigation, this was the outline of a story about a plane crash. Each chapter was dreamt up, although only a sentence or two in each. Some people landing on a deserted island, and splitting into two groups – pitted against each other in order to survive. Their one goal to get off the island.

Hang on a minute, that sounds sort of familiar!

Let’s be clear. I am by no means suggesting that LOST stole my idea, or even that I had the idea before them, but it simply struck me as a weird coincidence. There are no mystical features to the island in my outline, no games of backgammon, smoke monsters, whispers, no flashbacks or flashforwards, and certainly no alternate timelines.

But…

There is one sole surviving air stewardess, who’s a bit mysterious. Her name wasn’t Cindy, though, sadly.

Also, they are a bit nervous about going into the jungle. I didn’t get as far as clarifying why.

There are guns, and a baby is born. There is surgery, and caves, and lots and lots of running. There’s one person trying to keep the peace, there’s another who stirs things up because he believes it’s the right thing to do. There’s even someone called Ben!

What this tells me, more than anything, is that I should write stuff instead of just dreaming about it. I could have been as famous as Damon and Carlton, I could have had a hit TV show!

And I would have ended it properly too.

4 thoughts on “I should have included a polar bear

  1. heh 🙂

    Surely the place to organise all of this stuff from now on is on your shiny new iPad… Although if you work out how you are going to organise it then please let me know.

  2. Surely the place to organise all of this stuff from now on is on your shiny new iPad… Although if you work out how you are going to organise it then please let me know.

    I’m not sure the iPad is the ideal place, not easy to get things off and on there in terms of writing and documents.

    If my new system works, I will blog it 🙂

  3. I’m not sure the iPad is the ideal place, not easy to get things off and on there in terms of writing and documents.

    Well yes… But I need to have my writing stuff with me most of the time and so the iPad is probably the only thing that’s going to work for me in that respect… Of course not everyone writes all over the place.

    If my new system works, I will blog it 🙂

    Yay

  4. Well the reason why your characters are afraid of going into the jungles is that here a whole eco-system of Dinosaurs, and a group of Native Headhunters who have never seen a blonde-haired woman before (the air stewardess) and a 50 foot ape running amok….

    Not like that’s ever been filmed before….. (The ’33 version should go on Film Watch!…)

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