As I left the mini-mall I noticed it wasn’t so ‘mini’ anymore. These shopping destinations now more resembled a small community. “Malls,” I said. “The blight of humanity.” But, what if they were are also a saving grace for the future? These self-contained ‘biospheres’ have everything needed to survive a post-war situation.
Now, let’s take this theme and make it a story. This is how you use your imagination and surroundings and stretch them into something exciting. Furthermore, King had just explained to me how you need more than just a story line. You need to be invested in the characters and drawn to their plight.
Ok, think more, I said aloud.
The story will be from a teenager’s point of view. He knows nothing of the history of this wasteland but the stories he’s heard from his grandfather which he mostly dismisses as senile tales. But what if some are true? How would that motivate a person?
I need action, I push myself. What trouble can the kid get into?
I let my imagination run back to my childhood and think of the activities I experienced then twist them to fit this dystopian setting.
I find, as I allow myself to be creative and consider ideas that are stranger than fiction, the ideas flow and many situations and conflicts come to my mind.
I didn’t anticipate one crazy thought would be novel, only a fun side-project to test my craft. Maybe something free to give-away on my website. But upon continued contemplation, I can see this being an entire series of books.
For now, I continue to make notes of ideas for characters, setting, plot and conflict for future use when I can properly dig into this project before I continue work on the titles I already have in progress.
What new ideas or storylines have you come up with from viewing everyday life?