NaNoWriMo Day 5 and a new story idea

Parkour on the Farm. Yes, that's me.

I made up for my shortfall in word count yesterday. I got just under 3500 words written today. I’m very happy about this. Also, the story is coming together. I’m feeling the characters more than I was in the first two chapters.

So, the other half… the new story idea.

I’ve been reading this book called “The Story Fix”. It’s all about how to make a book that doesn’t work change into one that works. It’s not anywhere close to perfect, but it is something that exists.

The author keeps bringing up this example of a bad story. It’s a story about someone trying to get to Walmart before it closes.

I want to write this story. Not only do I want to write this story, I want to send it to this guy, and I want him to read it and be moved.

So, the core idea. A divorced dad. His mom got their son, the new husband is a great guy. Dad is a loser. He has issues with drugs, drinking, money, all that. It’s his son’s birthday the next day, and his ex has given him a chance. She said he can come to the birthday party and assigned dad to get a specific present. It’s kind of a last-ditch thing for him. He fucks this up, he probably loses most of his rights with his son.

Now, dad isn’t a bad guy, he’s just not a good one either. He’s well-intentioned, just not good at execution. He leaves getting the present until the last possible day, and now he’s trying to make it to Walmart before they close so he can save some semblance of his relationship with his son.

That’s my getting to Walmart story. So, what do you think? Can I pull off a decent story from this premise? I have a dozen or so individual scenes planned out, including the ending.

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