Welcome to my Completed Drafts!

If you’re curious about what I’ve completed over the years, here it is. I’ve created a chronological list of novels and short stories I’ve drafted since I started writing more seriously.


NOVELS

NaNoWriMo 2014 – project never touch this again lest you cringe

Zero Draft Status – Complete
Genre: Dystopian

About This Project:
This was the first time I ever finished writing a book. Having only a few days before NaNoWriMo started, I threw together a bunch of ideas and finally settled on this.

Originally titled “Venture,” I drew heavy inspiration from the dystopian novels I read reading at the time. It was a good first book to start with and helped me get into a mindset of wanting to write for a living. Occasionally, I’ve gotten ideas that would resolve plot holes in this project, but for the most part, I’ve accepted that this will never see the light of day for good reason (it’s terrible).

NaNoWriMo 2015 – project ghost

Zero Draft Status – Complete
Re-write Draft Status – In Progress
Genre: Mystery

About This Project:
This is the beginning of my love of writing mysteries. The first version of this took place in a high school, but I’ve since decided that it worked better in a college setting. My least favorite part was designing an academic schedule for each of the students, but the rest has always been fun.

In many ways, Project GHOST was the first time I wrote about characters that stuck with me. It’s why I chose to come back to it at the end of 2019 and into 2020. Finally, it felt like was I a good enough writer to start from scratch, and I’m glad I did.

NaNoWriMo 2016 – project heist

Zero Draft Status – Complete
Genre: Heist

About This Project:
Inspired by my love of the Gallagher Girls series and an anime I watched as a child, I knew I wanted to do something related to heists. It wasn’t until I learned about a little-known pirate that all the pieces of this story fell together.

The main thing I’m proud of with this story is that I chose to write about an Asian American character. It was the first time I made sure I was represented on the page (difference being I’m just Asian), and it was nice to write about my own culture. This was the beginning of me writing about Asian characters and making myself feel included in the narrative I was telling.

NaNoWriMo 2017 – project ceiling cat

Zero Draft Status – Complete
Genre: Mystery

About This Project:
My long-time fascination with serial killers was fulfilled when I came up with the idea of this story. I really wanted to play with the idea of someone trying to hide their relation to a serial killer, so I made it happen.

Of all the zero drafts I’ve written, this is the one I’m most proud of and still think about the most. The characters I created felt real, the plot actually has some strong bones for me to work with, and I still get the itch to come back and work on this. And yes, there is a cat and it’s fine. The cat makes it through the story.

NaNoWriMo 2018 – project twins

Zero Draft Status – Complete
Genre: Urban fantasy

About This Project:
My ambitious attempt to tackle the fantasy genre with this story proved to be a challenge. However, it was a challenge I enjoyed. The drafting process was incredibly rough, but I know I have a solid idea that could become infinitely better if I keep working on it.

Born from the short story “The Phoenix” that I wrote for a class, this pushed me to explore mythology from my own culture. What resulted was an incredibly interesting story that I really want to tell. But for now, it’s on the backburner until I have enough skill to tackle a story this complex.

NaNoWriMo 2020 – project bodyguard

Zero Draft Status: In progress
Genre: Adult mystery romance

About This Project:
When I woke up from a dream and couldn’t stop replaying a specific scene in my head, I knew it needed to be written down. That scene and that dream stuck without me enough that I decided to turn it into a full story.

In many ways, I did little to prep for the writing process. I had a very short outline and nothing about my characters. I wanted to have fun with writing again, so I didn’t give myself a lot of pressure to make this a good draft. And I’m glad I did that because this really helped me rediscover my love for putting a story together and watching character interactions unfold.


SHORT STORIES

Broken Night (2014)
Diary Entries of a Love Story (2014)
New Year’s Eve (2015)
In My Mind (2015)
Bicycle (2015) – Short scene
The Greatest “What If” (2017)
Senior Year (2017)
After All (2017) – Short scene
Charged Object (2017)
Gait (2017)
Carvings (2017)
Pixels & Sheets (2017)
Empty House (2017)
You, She, I (2017)
The Phoenix (2017)
In Memory (2018)

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