How to Revive a Dead Story

Have you ever written a story or came up with a story idea, but shelved it due to lack of interest or motivation? Well, here’s your chance to bring back that dead story and get it up again!

How do you do that? Well, I have a few pointers that I’ll be trying myself and you should too:

  1. Decide what you can throw out and what you can keep. Chances are, you’ll be doing a lot more throwing out and a lot less keeping.
  2. Rethink your characters. Chances are, you can recast them in different parts, or better yet, make them fade into the background and make up new characters in their place. (also, let’s refrain from having an all-white, all-male cast of characters)
  3. Change the setting of your story. (If you’ve set your story in the city of Los Angeles, change it to a small town in Kentucky. That will force new situations and plot into your story.
  4. Throw away your old plot and get a new plot instead. (It’s best that you go to to get your new story plot. Plus that site has a huge plethora of generators that you can use to write your story or fan fiction.)
  5. Sometimes, it’s best to get rid of the story’s original title and come up with your own title. Remember that you’re writing a completely different story, not finishing up the story you started five years ago.
  6. No matter what you do, DON’T shelve the story just because you’re bored of it! Keep at it and you’ll not only have completed the story, but you know that you’ve completed a story that it took you years to write.

And there you have it! Now if you would excuse me, I have some old stories that need to be brought back to life.

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available on


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