Cinderella, Cinderella!

I wouldn't be an authoress without my own version of Cinderella.

(See: Donna Jo Napoli's Bound, Diane Stanley's Bella At Midnight, Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted, Margaret Peterson Haddix's Just Ella...just to name a few)

I found mine two days ago. I was bored...

(Yes, I know I'm supposed to be working on Ivolet. I...er...um...don't really have a good excuse. Writer's block? Haha, yes! Can't argue with the writer's block answer!)

...and perusing my plethora of previously written parts of stories (alliteration!) when I found what I'd entitled, "Cinderella, Possibly."

The 'possibly' is in there because it began as a fantasy that started to take on certain characteristics that would fit in a Cinderella novel. And then I got an idea, a bit of a twist that I'd never seen in a Cinderella novel before, and then the summary just...happened.

(Note to self: Summaries are really nice, especially when you come back 2.5 years later!)

Since I was bored, I did some work on it then. It opened with the normal Cinderella story - wedding, mean step-sisters, maid, reclusive father. I was pretty happy with the voice (first-person); she's a quiet person, but she's got a snarky edge when she narrates. Who knew?

I'm trying to get my mind off of it. As I am this other dystopian that I haven't even touched since April 2006. (Yes, 2006.) Why, oh, why?! Dear muses, thanks, but no thanks! I have a story to work on! *sigh*

Do any of you struggle with this...writing ADD? I don't know what else to call it. Let me know I'm not alone, please!

Or, if you don't have writing ADD and don't want me to feel alone, tell me your favorite Cinderella adaption. Why did you like it? What made it different?


Erin MacPherson said...

Hi! Does Rogers and Hamerstein's movie count as an adaptation?? Cause it's my favorite. AND, I get writer's block all the time....ugh.

Lisa Gail Green said...

You should go where your muse takes you. But if you don't stick to one and finish it, you'll feel down and you don't want that to happen. Finish a rough draft. Put that away (perfect time to let it simmer and come back with fresh eyes) then work on the next thing.