I've decided to clean out a drawer of my incomplete manuscripts and riffs. I do this from time to time in an effort to keep things fresh.
THE RED LIGHT was one of those tales. I felt a lot of promise for this one. I even posted about my excitement for this one. In retrispect however, this is one of the strangest stories I have ever worked on. The initial concept sounded good in dreams but just couldn't get it going on paper.
I have over three thousand words in the original draft but the problem was it read more or less like a preamble. I could never get the story to hook the reader.
I cut it back to six hundred and seventy words but it just didn;t have the 'juice'.
Writers need to be ruthless and show tough love for their 'children'.
THE RED LIGHT is unplugged.