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Anyone Use any of these Story Ideas Yet?

Crumbly Writer

Just curious, is this forum just to story suggestions, or has anyone actually used the ideas to write a story.

In my own case, I've offered a couple of my abandoned story ideas, only to pick them up again after discussing the ideas here, so it is useful in either case, but if it's not being used as a story generation site, I'd recommend making it a future story plot discussion group.

I'd be glad to see it go either way, but so far, I haven't seen any new stories resulting from the suggestions.

Replies:   jhnmakii
jhnmakii

@Crumbly Writer

Not a writer myself but has anyone done any story regarding reincarnation?

The same vein as do-over or time travel but significantly different.

Past lives would be a good candidate buts a premium story.

Not_a_ID

I have vague recollections of a few, but can't name them offhand.

Dominions Son

@jhnmakii

The same vein as do-over or time travel but significantly different.


http://storiesonline.net/s/14053/not-this-time

docholladay

I have a hunch that by the time any ideas mentioned or discussed in these forums. Make it to the story telling stage. The writer will have made the ideas into their own. As a result not even the writer will realize it, let alone most readers.

Who knows where all the story ideas really originate from. These topics are just another attempt to spark that creative talent. Of course when it happens we the readers will benefit from it regardless of what sparked the talent.

Capt Zapp

@jhnmakii

Not a writer myself but has anyone done any story regarding reincarnation?


You might try the "My Girls" series by unknown1000u2. While it isn't exactly reincarnation, it is quite intreguing.
http://storiesonline.net/series/314/my-girls

Crumbly Writer
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@jhnmakii


Not a writer myself but has anyone done any story regarding reincarnation?

The same vein as do-over or time travel but significantly different.


It wasn't a central theme of the series, but my "The Catalyst" revolves around someone who lived on another world, and is brought back, only to slowly realize all of his potentials. In fact, his relationship with his sister is 'pseudo-incestuous' because they were lovers first in a previous life (she was originally a general in his army, and was tasked with defending him), and when he come to this world, she tagged alone and ended up as close to him as she could get to offer protection, as his sister.

However, this information, while hinted at earlier, isn't really fleshed out until the final book of the six book series.

G Younger

This sounds like a challenge. I might be willing to tackle one if it was not overly long, since I have a small project going on now...

I've teased some other authors about what would make a good story ... I think they must have cheerleaders, werewolves and vampires... LOL.

Send me your story ideas and I will write something.

G Younger

Note: I will put up a blog so it is easy to send them to me.

REP

If you were to do a reincarnation with the person recalling their former life, you would have a do-over.

If the person does not recall their prior life in a reincarnation, what would be the point of doing a reincarnation? It would just seem like a normal life.

Dominions Son

@REP

If you were to do a reincarnation with the person recalling their former life, you would have a do-over.

If the person does not recall their prior life in a reincarnation, what would be the point of doing a reincarnation? It would just seem like a normal life.


The way I would do reincarnation, would be that they remember bits and pieces of one (or more) prior life(lives).

Also the prior life they are remembering would be something from a significant amount of time in the past. By say going from a preindustrial life to a modern life you get away from the do-over feel because the old life is too different from the new life.

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Crumbly Writer

@REP

If the person does not recall their prior life in a reincarnation, what would be the point of doing a reincarnation? It would just seem like a normal life.

I did that once, in my "The Catalyst" series. The lead character realized, significantly into the series, that he'd been reincarnated and brought his supporters with him. You don't always need to know the character's entire background when your story begins.

As for D.S.'s point, my character was an alien from another dimension, so yeah, his background was a little different.

REP

@Dominions Son

Now that is a story I would like to read.

You write it and I'll read it.

I did have an idea for a different type of do-over. It's probably been done, but in all the stories I've read, the MC is the one having the do-over.

What about something like the MC, a guy, ignores a woman who is deeply in love with him, but the girl doesn't get the guy for some reason. The girl gets a do-over and does things differently so she can get the guy. Not sure how I would end it.

Also not sure how to tell the girls story other than a 3rd person narrator.

richardshagrin
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@REP


Not sure how I would end it.


I read somewhere the best endings are at a life changing event like a graduation, starting a new job, getting an award (Nobel Prize, Medal of Honor, winning a lottery for a lot of money), getting engaged (or "going steady" or pinned or other semi-formal boy-girl relationship change), getting married, going on a honeymoon (or getting back from one so the author can include the honeymoon sex/ aside: honeymoon salad, lettuce alone without dressing), birth of a child, a promotion, getting a new house, in theory getting a divorce or otherwise losing a spouse, being accepted as an astronaut or going into space for SF stories, a gender change and its consequences, and the least satisfactory life change, dying. I don't mean changing color, I mean ceasing to be alive. There are stories that use that ending but they tend not to be ones I enjoy.

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REP

@richardshagrin

I know. Stories end on the high point because no one wants to hear about what follows; usually negative.

Dominions Son

@REP

Now that is a story I would like to read.


The new Assassin's Creed movie follows that kind of premise.

Replies:   REP
REP

@Dominions Son

Sounds interesting and so does the movie.

I don't watch TV and rarely go to movies. I object to placing myself in rip-off situations like tourist traps and movie theaters. Although, I do watch DVDs.

Crumbly Writer

@REP

Also not sure how to tell the girls story other than a 3rd person narrator.

How about a story told from the guy's perspective, slowing coming to realize the woman chasing him has done this before (i.e. he learns it a little at a time, as she seems to know more about him than she should).

Replies:   REP
REP

@Crumbly Writer

That would probably work also. I'm not into writing do-overs, but maybe someone will take the idea and run with it.

sejintenej

@richardshagrin

I read somewhere the best endings are at a life changing event like a graduation, starting a new job, getting an award (Nobel Prize, Medal of Honor, winning a lottery for a lot of money), getting engaged .................... dying.

or NOT dying.
There is a story around about a paramedic taking a dying Chinese to hospital and being given a new life (- a do-over). Come the day of the Chinese man's original death the two actually meet again - you can't have two such alive at the same time so the hale and hearty Chinese .......... read the story and be shocked.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@sejintenej

Come the day of the Chinese man's original death the two actually meet again - you can't have two such alive at the same time so the hale and hearty Chinese .......... read the story and be shocked.

I can see it now, it creates a feedback paradox, where more and more versions of the original Chinese man appear, and they all start arguing with each other over who's the 'authentic' character (with side discussions over who's the protagonist of the story and who's only a supporting character). Talk about conflict and drama, and a never-ending story! ;)

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sejintenej

@Crumbly Writer

I can see it now, it creates a feedback paradox, where more and more versions of the original Chinese man appear, and they all start arguing with each other over who's the 'authentic' character (with side discussions over who's the protagonist of the story and who's only a supporting character). Talk about conflict and drama, and a never-ending story! ;)

There you are, CW; the bare bones of your next story "Why there are so many Chinese in China". War and Peace in the 21st Century.

No, Al Steiner avoided that in Doing it all over" by getting rid of one of them

Argon
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@jhnmakii

Try the stories by Ms. Friday, Past Lives and TRES; they're both about reincarnation. Very gifted story telling IMO.

http://storiesonline.net/a/Ms_Friday
PS: they're all Premier Member stories.

REP

@Crumbly Writer

Then the authentic character murders one of his duplicates, which turns the story into a who dun it with no one now being willing to admit they are the original. Enter Charlie Chan to resolve the matter, but the feedback paradox is still in play and duplicate Charlie Chans keep appearing. :)

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