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Stories Have Fates Too

And then sometimes God just doesn’t want a story to be written…

I’m working on a Han Solo-pastiche short story and twice I’ve lost my previous day’s progress. Once I lost my entire collection of story notes, and at first I thought “Well, that’s it — everything I thought of is gone.” But somehow I recreated it. Then the second time, in my draft, which is very drafty, I accidentally hit “Don’t Save” instead of “Save” and lost all that with no backup.

Sometimes I feel that fate is doing something to prevent me from being a writer because it will screw up his plans or invoke something devastating on the world. Like little nudges to keep me from staying on the path that leads to me being a published writer.

This happened to Stephen King once. He was writing a story about a leprechaun or something for his son Owen. The story was in the basket of his bicycle and the pages flew off and he just said “Well, can’t finish that story.” I guess he doesn’t rewrite anything–once it’s on the page it’s in the world to be salvaged or destroyed.

Yet I’m surprised that, even with the world against me, I’m still persevering. I’m not sure why — there’s nothing very special about this story, I don’t think. It didn’t burst from my mind one night. I didn’t think “Oh, this is it! This is the one that’ll break me into the business!”

Or maybe it’s just bad luck.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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