We all have them. Those stories that keep haunting us even when we know there is no market for them or that we’ll never sell them because they’re just too “out there” or have questionable elements.
Why can’t we let go of these ideas? Do we harbor the hope that at some point in the future we’ll be able to use that idea in some form or fashion in another story? Do we hang on because, like a bad relationship, we just can’t see a way to let go? What is it that drives us to keep pulling that tired idea out and revisiting it?
I can only answer for myself. Either I’ve just got to use that character somewhere or I really want to write that storyline. I’ll hang on to them until it has been definitively proven to me that their story will never sell or that no one “gets” that character.
There are a few of these floating around in my head and eventually they’ll be on paper – whether they’ll ever sell or not truly remains to be seen.