Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What story (or kind of story) should I write next?

I need direction. Help me, O internet!

13 comments:

  1. Series of novels seem to do well. I'd love to see you go back to the world of _Cats Have No Lord_. I think there's room for more stories there, and I'd love to see what you do with that universe at this point in your career. (And sure, I'd like to see you create a whole new world, but the publishing business being what it is, it seems more likely that you'd get sales if you tied in with an existing book.)

    I *don't* want to see you go back to the Borderlands universe. Much as I liked the characters in _Nevernever_, it was never quite your world. But I'd love to see you do another coming-of-age novel in a fantasy setting -- preferably something where you took on the theme of race and racism as tied to economic factors -- like the rich elf king who oppresses humans and dwarves through systematic economic oppression, and through keeping humans and dwarves mad at each other so they can't rise up and revolt.

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  2. Write a science-fictiony alternate history murder mystery with a working class hero... and goats. 'Cause everybody ought to write at least one book with goats in it.

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  3. I want a Native American ghost story.

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  4. I've been kicking around:

    1. Lonely Old Lady manages to claim an unclaimed body who had no ID on him at the morgue, decides it was her "son" and buries it. Later, the corpse's real family finds out what happened and that their son is buried under a fake name and tries to get the body back.

    2. A guy in prison, perhaps cynically, starts his own religion and starts asking for minor privileges. His numbers of followers grow, no miracles occur, but believing and following seems to actually be improving the lives of his fellow inmates. The prison establishment becomes concerned that things are getting stirred up and the original guy is getting too powerful. By this point, the original guy sees that he is helping people and wants to stick to his guns. (This is VERY loosely based on a legal case,
    362 F3d 543 Goff v. Graves, though a heavily optimistic reading of it.)

    3. A modern Candide with a self-help book at the center and a sheltered young chap following its tenets. I've actually written an entire novel with this premise, it just isn't any good.

    Anyway, those have all been in my head for multiple years and I've never done anything good with them. They seem quite different from anything I've read of yours, but hey, sometimes different helps when you're stuck.

    CC

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  5. Make your best self the main character, and write a novel about what that self would do.

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  6. Steampunk coming of age novel exploring how the Victorians saw class differences? With some Biblical vampires in it?

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  7. Chalicechick, I love your idea #1. My brain leaped straight for the supernatural twist, because I'm just like that. Now I want to write the short story it prompted. Do you think I could borrow your idea for the length of a short story? Given how these things usually work, we won't have much overlap by the time we're done... *g*

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  8. CC, write #2! Seriously. Set the one you did aside for now and go with #2, 'cause I would read it.

    Everyone else, thank you! Cool things for me to think about.

    Except for Blue. I am always reluctant to predict the future, but I don't see me writing that one, awesome though it is. But I'll happily link to your version of that tale should you tell it....

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  9. Blue Jean, except for the lasers, that's already been done. Google movie Terror of Tiny Town, if you dare.

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  10. I expect Blue Jean already knows that Joel. ..

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  11. This is why I gave up trying to write fiction in college and turned to journalism instead. I'm just too lazy to make things up. What a neat bunch of ideas...

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  12. LOL! Joel and Robin, you've found me out. Good work! (Toldja I like really bad movies.) "The Terror Of Tiny Town" is indeed a midget Western, though they don't shoot lasers, and they don't ride dogs, more's the pity. A little person riding an Alfgan, its long hair blowing in the wind, would look really cool.

    Well, a good thief only steals from the best (or in this case, the best of the worst.)

    Thanks, Will; that's a kind offer. If I ever get weird enough to actually write my own take on "The Terror Of Tiny Town", I'll be glad to take you up on it.

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