This post is about experiments. Not all of them have to do with beakers and odd fizzy chemicals that explode if you look at them the wrong way. Some are all about words and how you use them. (But it is possible to combine the two, and write an experimental story about moody, fizzy chemicals. There’s an interesting thought.)
Writing, and any kind of craft, is a subjective medium. That’s why you hear about famous authors experiencing the same rejections us little people do all the time. The more recent instance is with JK Rowling and her novel The Cuckoo’s Calling. If a bestselling author’s book can fail to stand out to an editor, that speaks less about the name behind the story and more about the story’s merits.
That being said, we’ve all tried certain concepts in our stories that may or may not have worked out for the best. The deciding factor is execution; maybe it doesn’t work out on paper the way you thought it would, like a literary version of the “that pick-up line sounded better in my head.”
For Jasper City, I originally wanted Edward to be presented as a shining hero and Calvin as an absolute villain. The intent was not to follow the black and white cliche but play with it, because at the end Edward was supposed to do something so unforgivable that the reader would realize he or she was on the wrong side all along. This proved difficult to write effectively, and while going through the story I added shades of gray. (Gray is nice. It makes stories interesting.)
What crazy ideas did you want to introduce but later scrapped?