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Old Ideas Left Unwritten

So, I told you guys about why fan fiction is important to me. I also went through two of my stories I posted on the fan fiction website and wrote commentary for my awful writing way back when.

Fan fiction was the ultimate start to this writing journey that I have currently been going on for the past 13 years. I eventually stopped writing fan fiction to work on original books, but I still had many fan fiction ideas.

I remember telling myself that I would get back into fan fiction one day. That hasn’t happened, but never say never. Maybe when I’m retired I’ll get back to it for fun. I would love to get back into it now, but I’m more focused on my original work to (hopefully) be published in the near future.

So, I came across an old folder that has a list of all the ideas I was going on post on the website. There are 46 ideas total.

Unwritten Stories

I remember telling myself I wanted to post 100 stories and I have 58 stories posted. I would have had 104 stories if I had actually written and posted these ideas.

The categories vary from TV shows to video games (and that’s mostly it). They’re in alphabetical order (even back then I was super organized). Here are the different categories:

  • Ace Attorney (video game)
  • Animal Crossing (video game)
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (TV show)
  • Fruits Basket (Anime)
  • Ninja Turtles (TV show — This is my biggest category with 24 story ideas)
  • Ninja Turtles and X-Men crossover (TV shows)
  • Pokemon (video game)
  • Seinfeld (TV show)
  • Sims (video game)
  • Super Smash Brothers (video game)
  • Teen Titans (TV show)
  • X-Men Evolution (TV show)
  • Zack and Cody (TV show)

What a variety! I like a lot of things apparently.

Now that I’ve reacted to a couple of old stories, I thought I’d react to a couple of old summaries.

I’m not good at writing summaries now, but I was worse back then. Plus, my ideas were a bit out there, if we’re being completely honest.

Ace Attorney

There’s no summary or title with this one, but I had the who, what, where, when, why, and how all figured out. Maybe I’ll use it for a future novel in my current mystery series?

The main reason I’m pointing this out to you guys is because of the names. According to my notes, a jewelry store was robbed. The owner of the store is named Sapphire Gem and her mother is Ruby Gem. The culprit’s name is Bryce Bagz. Way to be subtle!

Ninja Turtles

Of course, Ninja Turtles is my favorite and I reacted to two TMNT stories already. So here are some of my favorite ideas.

Remember

“During a battle with the Purple Dragons, Raph gets knocked out and loses his memory. Master Splinter, April, Casey, and the turtles take turns telling him stories to help him remember.”

A bit sad, but not bad overall. Also, I’m pretty sure there’s an episode in the 2003 cartoon where Leo is practically dying and they all tell stories.

Memories

“After Master Splinter passes away, the brothers reflect on memories they had with their master/father.”

Well, then. I don’t know what was up with all the depressive themes.

The Mystery of Women

“The boys talk about girls.”

Oh, I’m sure that would have been a good one!

I had many great other ideas as well, such as them getting super powers and Leo haven’t an affair (don’t ask, I don’t even know).

Seinfeld

The Rejection Hotline

“Jerry meets a girl and when he asks her for her phone number, she gives him the number for the Rejection Hotline. Elaine copies down the number so she can use it on guys, but after she hooks her friend up with someone else she knows, she accidentally gives him the RH number instead of the real number. George uses the number to get a girl off his back, who ends up hooking up with Kramar.”

I have to say, I’m impressed with how fleshed out this idea was. I feel like it would be an actual episode of the show. And yes, the Rejection Hotline is an actual thing. Or, it used to be anyway.

Okay, I picked out the “decent” ideas from that huge list. Maybe those ideas will pop up in a new way in my original novels. Who knows?

Do you have any old ideas in the back of your mind? Do you think you’ll ever end up writing them? Let me know in the comments!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

17 thoughts on “Old Ideas Left Unwritten

      1. Ah, okay. My sister and I got a new computer so we were able to buy Sims 4.
        I skipped over 3, though. I preferred 2 to 3. Now I love 4 and my sister prefers 3 over 4, lol.

  1. I dug through some of my old notebooks. I haven’t fleshed out ideas like you. I was always a pantser. Instead, they have labels on them with the titles written clearly and a subtitle sometimes.
    Your reaction to some of the ideas really cracked me up, but I also love your imagination. 🙂 Do try to incorporate them in your originals if possible. Or maybe you can put them up on the blog?
    I’m thinking of getting back to fanfiction too. A moderately popular one still remains unfinished. It was my Camp NaNo July protect last year!

    1. Most of my fanfics were pantsed, but I did try to have a beginning and end in mind for all of them. Otherwise I wouldn’t finish them, lol.
      It’s really funny looking back at old ideas and writings. I would love to get back into fanfiction. But, right now, my main focus is getting my original work published. Someday though. 🙂

      1. Right? Now that I’m doing NaNo, I’m committing to my original works for quite a while. But I still get notifications about it in the mail and I feel guilty. Just writer things, yes?

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