I have long believed that a great movie, short story or novel concept would be a virus that turns you into a robot. As I envision it, the story would be a metaphor for reverse culture shock. I have experienced reverse culture shock for about a total of five years now and I am really interested in it as a story telling device.
The only problem is, I don’t know anything about plots.
I can think up the universe, I just can’t think up the plot.
But I’m going to give it another go with this concept. I think I’m going to just write a short story about this concept and then go from there. I just can’t figure out the plot. The only plot I really have is the ROKon Magazine plot, so that’s something that is both a bane and a benefit.
It’s a bane because I have to shoe horn that plot into the general concept that I want to use, while at the same time trying to tell the general story I want to tell. The general story is of someone who comes home from South Korea and everything is changed. I just can’t figure out what’s changed and why. I have the general idea that the virus turns you into someone really religious. But I don’t want to use an established religion. I want to use the Gaia concept. I really like the Gaia concept and I like the notion that such a hippy idea would suddenly take over the world.
I just can’t figure out how to use the ROKon Magazine story as a plot in this instance.
Meanwhile, having essentially one plot is a boon because it’s ready-made. All I have to do is figure out how to apply it.
The question now, of course, is do I want to write a movie, short story, or novel? I really need a creative “project” to do to soak up that part of my brain power, but I don’t really know anything about how to write a good screenplay. So, I think I’m going to write a short story first and then maybe, maybe try to turn that into a novel.
The short story is almost fully formed in my head enough that I can write it — and fist a first draft — pretty soon. Like, within a few days. I might even be able to finish it in an afternoon if I rush. I have written this idea before, but I had a dream this afternoon that got me thinking about the concept again and I feel a rush to do something with this idea as soon as possible.
So, I think I’m going to go for a brief walk, think about this concept, then come back and write for a few hours about it to see if I can write a short story about it. Then, of course, I have to re-write it over and over and over again until it’s good enough to submit to a publication. Although, I have to admit of the scifi publications I’ve read, nothing they actually publish made very happy. It was too dense for me and just didn’t seem worth reading. They even say in the publications themselves, “Don’t think you can reverse engineer what we publish by reading what we do publish carefully. It doesn’t work that way.”
I’m just going to write for myself at first and then show it to some people and see if they like it. Or if they don’t like it, what advice they can give me. People get so wrapped up in spelling and grammar, that I have to tell them point blank — my grammar sucks. Please stop complaining about that. I just enjoy writing and I can always find someone to improve the grammar.
I’m going for a walk now, and when I get back I hope to start writing about this concept.