Developing story

I’m liking where an outline I’m working on for a story is heading. It feels pretty “right”.

Core concept: Someone is killed accidentally and the lover has a hard time accepting the justice of that death, so they glom onto the rumor that there are ways to beat even death and undertake a mission to bring their dead love back from the land of the dead.

They are accompanied by a mage in a world where magic is mostly dead and dying and his daughter, another accident victim who has lost her mind when she was in the wrong place at the wrong time during one of his “experiments” trying to increase the amount of magic available to him. She is the wise idiot and he arrogant seeker of “more”.

They are also accompanied by someone attuned to nature and animals, and that person’s father, who (unlike the mage), has common-sense wisdom at his disposal (and a helping hand that will I’ll not disclose here).

The characters and outline are being helped along by a tool I’m using that gives me some random, but archetypical, premise to help inspire what I am developing. It should be interesting to see if I can move beyond just playing around and into something that actually ends up finished.

5 thoughts on “Developing story

    1. Yeah. I’m not so certain that the story is all that compelling. I’m enjoying developing the characters’ personalities and digging into the core concept a bit, but I don’t know if it will really grab anyone else once I try to implement it.

      Depending on how quickly the home repair project goes today (new task I’ve not done before) I may run up an initial sample scene to see if it works as a concept. If I do this story, I think the tale will be non-linear, but not to the point of being “artsy” in the manner it is non-linear. Or I may just utilize flashbacks to tell the backstory.

      I once read (was it Stephen King?) it said that preludes are lazy writing and, if it is really part of the story, don’t make it a fucking prelude. Or something along those lines. The tale requires the death of one of the characters, but the event is too far in the past to fit in with the proper tale by a few months or years (in my mind). Anyway, if I do this, I don’t want to start with the necessary death of a character…

      Anyway: Off to home repair so I can proceed to angst and self-loathing when I finish writing that test scene.

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      1. You don’t know until you get to beta readers.

        I’ve read your take on the sample scene and the DIY, a fulfilling day you’ve had 🤣

        Of course as long it has some remnants of sense. Don’t want to end up with a Mulholland drive story arc.

        I’m not sure if it was King but I’ve read that as well. I changed a prelude into a first chapter for that reason. Didn’t make much of a difference to me.

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        1. Or “Memento”.

          By the way — y’all are my beta readers.

          I don’t know how fulfilling it was — I hurt like a SOB this morning and kind of want to crawl under a rock and die. But not before I find out what happened to Mare this week in that HBO series.

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