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Everybody has shit in their lives.  I forget that sometimes.  As I told some people at the Bryant Park meetup the reason I only got up 20k at most in the past 4 nano tries was because I wanted my characters to be happy.  My life has really, really sucked at some points and I just didn't want to inflict suckitude on my characters... So they went about their everyday lives for 20k words and then I ran out of things for them to do because I didn't have anything bad happen to them.  They didn't want for anything so they didn't want anything, period. 

So my idea for this years nano is: 16 year old boy starts hearing a voice in his head that tell him he was chosen to create a utopia.   He tells people and is promptly diagnosed with schizophrenia.  Now I have spent enough time among the mentally ill (being diagnosed with clinical depression and requiring treatment) to write his life from there. 

Or I can go with the hunky dory bit I originally thought of wherein he undergoes a more thorough diagnostic exam is discovered to be sane and is therefore hailed as a prophet and sets about trying to setup this utopia. 

Or I can go with the even fluffier story idea that's been floating through my head about a world with a pantheon of gods: and these two god beings are parents to a child god and they give him a small community to be god over and he completely screws up and the community instead of praying to him like they're supposed to they complain to his parents.

If You've Read This Far, Please Comment And Help Me Choose.


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Oct. 19th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
In my opinion the first idea sounds the most interesting compared to the others. Although, if you wanted to, you could have the first part of the story having him trying to set up a utopia and then somewhere down the line he is diagnosed with schizophrenia, which combines your first two ideas. (I hope that made sense x])

It depends on what you are more inspired to write, though.
Oct. 19th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
I'd have to agree that I think some kind of combination of the two ideas would be best. And maybe gives you the most wiggle room in terms of wild plot twists during nanowrimo?
Oct. 19th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Well, since everyone has shit in their lives and usually the goal of most writers is to make their characters as realistic as possible, then your characters have to have some shit.
I would personally go with your first idea because it sounds like something I would choose to read and I think has the most leeway, but that is my choice.
The second one I think would be the worst because it is the most unrealistic and I don't know how any doctor could declare a person who claims to hear voices sane, or if he was sane, it would be more likely that he would be hailed as a liar than a prophet. (I could just be overestimating the mind of the general population.)
The third one, I think, sounds like something my friend's mom would give to my friend's little sister to remind her to always pray and love God.

Please note the "I think"s. My opinion, your decision.
Oct. 19th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Hehe the last one sounds like a great idea for some kind of comedy thing - but I do think it would only really work as a comedy...

Some kind of combination of the first two could work quite well though... like, first of all people think he has schizophrenia, and he goes through a lot of Hell over it, except some people do believe him and in the end it turns out he's sane...?
I dunno, I'm rubbish with plots too!
Oct. 19th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
The last idea could be really funny, but I don't know if it would be a novel-length idea.

As others said, a mixture of the first two ideas would work well. I'm actually writing about a utopia as well, this year!
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