Hey. I have an idea.

by kalbzayn on September 13, 2007

I wrote this post a few weeks back about the things that I want to include in the next story I write.  The only problem is that I didn’t have a really concrete story idea; just some things I wanted to try.

Now I have a story and it already breaks at least two of those guidelines.

Here were the original bullet points along with my comments about whether that will fit in the story idea or not.

  • Fantasy – No.  Absolutely not.  This will end up being near future sci-fi.  The boring kind of sci-fi that feels like it could really happen.  None of the fancy space opera stuff.
  • Unique Characters – Definitely not unique as in new kinds of made up characters.  I’m not sure who any of the characters will be other than the generic things that are needed for the plot.  But they probably won’t be very unique.  This story is all about the plot and that creepy damn technology that likes to control our lives.
  • No Good Characters -  Everybody is a good character…or maybe a bad one…or maybe just a bland one.  Those computers on the other hand…
  • Stay Local – Check.  Definitely.  This one will start in a pretty small area.  Think mall or big city park sized.  Nobody will leave the area…even if they want to.
  • More than 5,000 Word/Less than 20,000 – I could probably tell the story in 500 if I needed to.  I’m going to try to focus on a character or two in those plot-centric story or at least focus on some descriptions that I always suck at and try to make sure that it is between 2000-5000.

Before I write anything besides a few notes, though, I need to go read 1984.  I started it once many moons ago and never finished for some reason.  This story is a little Big Brother’ish and I need to make sure that I have enough my own ideas in the story.  It is pretty funny to be potentially influenced enough by a story that I have never read that I need to read it to make sure I don’t accidentally rewrite it.

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