Ideas to Inspire you Writing

We as humans tend to use a very small percentage of our brains. Write a story where a psychic or a scientist discovers a way to "use" the brain to perform one particular (or more than one) feat that could be classified as superhuman (like flying, teleporting, telekinesis, transformation into another form, etc.) Does this pioneer choose to share this new technique, or instead try to hide it and keep it from being discovered by the general public? If it becomes common knowledge (and common practice), then how does it effect the workings of the world? The economy? Warfare?

Go somewhere that there are people, but not too many people (like a coffee shop, a class room, an airport terminal, an airplane, a business meeting, etc.) and then imagine that you (and the people around you) are suddenly the only people left on Earth. How does the story unfold? Do you all survive? Does someone die? What happens to this last, tiny fragment of the human race? Are there, by some freak miracle, others in similar situations lost in distant corners of the globe?

Craft a speech. It could be a future politician's rallying cry, the war plans of a freedom fighter operating out of the underground, or the lost words of some hero (or villain) from the past. Make it real, make it crisp, make it strong and full of power augmented by whatever emotion the "speaker" is trying to convey, whether it be anger, pride, or a solemn sadness.

Write a story about a place that comes into existence only once every hundred years or on some other rare basis, presenting itself as mythical and meaningful whenever it appears. It could be a restaurant, an island, a bar, an outhouse, or anything else. The person (or people) that encounter it can be oblivious tourists totally unaware of the majesty of it all, someone actively hunting for this mythical place, or anything in between. Make the place unique, give it character, make it stand out.

Write a high seas, swashbuckling adventure. Consider all the pirate movies you've ever watched, all the films where sailing ships and rapiers figure prominently, and then write your own pirate legend! Don't just limit your imagination to Pirates of the Carribean– think about Yellowbeard, Baron Munchausen, Gulliver's Travels, or even Treasure Island.

Try writing something interactive, an adventure in a story or a book that pulls the reader in and forces them to act in order to keep the story going. You might even try writing an adventure for RPG use. Whatever it is, make sure that there are plenty of options for the player(s), and leave the ending up to the reader's choice (and skill) to determine.

Write about someone in your family, someone different, unique, and distinctive. Cast them in a story, whether fiction or non-fiction, and write it in such a way that it reveals, emphasizes and casts a beautiful light on who they truly are.

Pick a social issue that bugs you to no end and then blow it all out of proportion in a way that is comedic and not wholly improbable as a possible vision of the future. (If you're strapped for ideas, consider the way films like Brazil and Idiocracy approach myriad social issues in a bizarre and ultimately comedic way.

Create a new career and then write about it. It's a given in any society that, as new technologies and new needs appear, new people will be trained to work with or repair each new technology and satisfy those new needs. You can write it from a first person, worker's perspective, or even from the perspective of a pitch. It's your story. Make it what you want it to be.

Write an Indiana Jones-type of thriller, something with a race to get to some ancient object of mystery and power. It can take place in any time period, any setting, any world, but the central idea should center around the action-packed recovery of an object of potentially great importance, either historic, monetary, or even military.

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