Jennifer Pickrell

YA Writer

The ultimate flashback


I’ve started a new WIP this month.  As usual, I forced my husband to sit and listen to a summary of all my ideas.  It went a little something like this:

Me: “Which one should I work on?”

Husband (looking pained after an hour of listening to my ideas): “I don’t know, which one do you want to work on?

Me: That’s why I’m asking you!

Husband: Eh…can I go now?

I have a folder on my computer of half finished WIPs and I *thought* I remembered everything in the folder, until I stumbled across “Dear Diary.”

“What’s that?” you ask.

Well, since you clearly want to know…

In high school, 10th grade, I’m pretty sure, I wrote this short story consisting of diary entries.  It was a psychological thriller.  Or as thriller as I could be at 16 with a fear of scary movies.

I then turned it into a “screenplay” and filmed it, complete with “production notes.”  I still have the movie somewhere around here.  The quality of a mid-1990s VHS tape filmed with a 1980s video camera about the size of a Volkswagen is, as you can imagine, fantastic.  The grainy, dim aspect really adds to the tension.

So Dear Diary (obvs a working title) is what I’m tackling this month and beyond.  As usual, I have no plan and have just jumped right into it and will see what happens.

Should be fun.


Author: Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Things I like: cats, snacks, baseball, green tea, taking pictures of trees & movies so bad, they’re good.

4 thoughts on “The ultimate flashback

  1. I’m very intrigued by the shiny new idea (well, an idea you dusted off). And I MUST see that movie. You have to find it.

  2. It’s funny you mention this. I was searching for a file for school the other day and found something that was close to the file name I was looking for… it ended up being the first few chapters of a WIP from a few years ago. And I don’t hate it! I’m thinking about working on that next. 🙂

    Good luck with the new/old WIP idea. I’d love to see that movie as well!

  3. Ladies, you better be careful what you wish for, I might just bust that movie out!

  4. Please bust out the movie!
    The thriller told through diary entries sounds pretty great–I’m excited to see what you do with your WIP.

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