Monday, January 22, 2018

A Storyteller Full of Story Ideas

I'm always thinking about stories. Those I'm currently writing, those I think about and write a little bit of each time, and those I dream of writing someday. I'm constantly pulling ideas from my life and what I watch or read or see daily. I'm always thinking of the next one, even when I'm actively working on others, and I want to be able to write them all. Maybe I never will, but it doesn't hurt to have something on the back-burner, something simmering in my mind for when I need a break or a fresh story to dive into. And so, while these stories may never actually turn into something, I'd love to write them all in the future. A bucket list of WIPs, if you will. And today I'm going to share a few of them with you.

1. A Shakespeare retelling, with all queer characters, and enough tragedy and comedy and romance fit for one of his plays. 

I don't know if I could ever make the old Bard proud though, you know? It's such a huge undertaking. I'd want to stay true to him, but also make one of his famous plays my own. It'd be hard.

2. A witchy, magical story ala Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic. 

I'd set it in the modern world, but I've got like nothing else. So far. And I'd love to tie a curse into it. I've had a tiny thread of an idea around a curse, but I haven't really gone anywhere with it, and I think it would better fit a witch book than what I'd planned it as. This would be *so fun* to do, but I need a plot, and a storyline, and basically everything. Haha.

3. A historical fiction about girls being badasses in times where women were expected to behave properly. 

(Not that this doesn't apply to modern society either, tbh). Historical fiction scares me, though. The amount of research that needs to go into one of these books is a mountain of a task, and I'm not sure I'm equipped to do it. I don't even like researching now, though I'm trying to get into it because it can be really fun. So, we'll see. But I don't know if I will ever give myself the time to write an HF book.

4. A retelling of the Troy/Trojan Horse myth with multi-POV between Cassandra, Helen, and Andromache. 

Three women who were tossed aside carelessly, who led lives of strife and heartache, but who still tried to spin the hands of fate and decide their own futures. I want to give them better stories, with feminist edges. But I'd need to do SO MUCH research and get into the head-space of older English, and man, it's just a lot. I also don't know if I'm quite at a level of understanding for Greek mythology to do this, but it is seriously a DREAM story. And it's funny because I've been thinking about it a lot, ever since reading The Tale of Troy, Roger Lancelyn Green's version. But I won't be writing it. Yet.

5. A twisty-turny thriller that surprises the hell out of its readers.

I'd love to try my hand at something that you'd finish and be like omg what the fuck did I just read? But I just don't think I'm cut out for anything that can be classified as scary. I made a character tell a "scary" story in my NaNo WIP, and while I'm proud of it, it's not really scary? Or creepy? Plus I'd want to make certain my readers wouldn't be so quick to figure out the mysteries and twists. But idk. Maybe I'll give it a try.

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