Failed Story Ideas

One of the myths of writer's block is that there is a complete lack of writing.  As a writer, I have had a few episodes of staring blankly at a white screen wondering why I am so stupid and lazy, but typically writer's block is more a lack of good ideas.  You have to work through the nonsense to get to the good stuff.  The trick is you have to write the bad sometimes to make way for the good.  Here are some premises that bounced around in my head for short stories/novels.  Some of them I even started, but then I shortly realized that they were terrible.  Here are three...

1. The Bomber A stand up comedian snaps and begins to kill audience members when his jokes don't land.  He spends his nights bombing on stage and his days bombing their house....

2.  #Hashtag - A man becomes disenchanted with his place in social media.  He seems to write, but no one ever reads or responds to him.  Fearing that he had become another voice in the ether, the man legally changes his name to #Hashtag.  This garners some media attention, but ultimately leads to him being mocked out for needing the attention to begin with... I have no idea how this one would have ended.

3.  Rock Star - This one is a doozy of dogcrap - A man strikes a deal with some entity (God? Devil? Genie?) to be able to go back to when he was 15, knowing what he knows now.  He of course uses this knowledge in the most obvious of ways... by stealing all of the popular songs written in the last twenty years to build a Michael Jackson level of success.  Of course he ends up doing drugs and sleeping with his drummer's girlfriend, but none of that matters to him because he's whacked out and really really wealthy.  This childish fantasy story was never actually written, by me at least.  But there is a pretty funny version of it in Hot Tub Time Machine.