I didn’t see one like this yet, and maybe this thread is a dumb idea and will die out, but I wanted to try it. Basically, I love hearing all the names and ideas for everyone’s stories on here, but they’re spread out a bit, so maybe we could put them in the same place. Try something like this:
The title of your story, or just what you call it in your head if you don’t have one.
The demographic or age group you would like your story to target. (What is it rated for/are there content warnings?)
The genre/s you think your story falls under.
The medium you want to see it in. Is it a novel? Short story? Picture book? Comic? Movie? Episodic tv show with lot of seasons, or a mini-series?
(Of course!) the names of your characters, or just the main ones, if there are many. Brief description of your main characters, if you like!
Write a blurb for you story! What would the back cover (or inside flaps for hardcover, ooh la la) say about it? Probably not too much detail, just enough to pique the reader’s interest and curiosity!
If you like, put a short excerpt of your story here, to show your writing style. A short paragraph, or conversation, perhaps!
Is there anything I didn’t cover that you need to say, or something else that you feel others should know about it?
Lastly, if you are looking for advice (like on a character’s name, what would people like to see, is this too cliche, ect.) put a question or two for the readers here.
This is nothing too serious, just for helping others (and yourself, perhaps) get a clearer idea of your story! I know a lot of people have a number of ideas, but I suggest one story per post. So just post as many times as you like. Have fun!
It’s occurred to me that maybe I should go first! Remember this is just an example, you don’t have to do it exactly like this.
Demographics/Ratings: Teens/ young teens is what I was thinking, since that is the age of the main characters. As for ratings/content warnings, there would be some nongraphic animal -> human violence, questionable suicide (didn’t really die), and themes of depression and hopelessness.
Genre: There are supernatural elements, creepy, mystery, a bit of horror, and a ‘coming of age’ kind of vibe
Medium/format: Probably two or three short length books, if it ever turned into anything.
Characters: the main Hometown Kids: Eve, Hollis, Naomi, Beau, Arianna and Jonathon ‘Johnny’. Three secondary Fairview Punks: Grant ‘Goldey’, Lance and Flora.
Blurb: Fifteen years ago, in small and dying Hometown, a dark entity crawled up from deep in the earth. Since then, mysterious happenings have become the norm – random objects gather on the ceilings, voices from long past echo in the night, and the young children are beginning to exhibit unusual abilities. Most residents have fled over the years, or at least tried to. It wasn’t long before it was discovered that those born in Hometown since the arrival of Mr. Be-Goody can’t leave- not without paying the ultimate price. In response, the sister town of Fairview, the only other ones in the know, have taken it upon themselves to ‘protect’ Hometown, by keeping outsiders out and insiders in. Now, the children who remain make their lives out of what is left, with the knowledge that nothing can change. Until it did. (wow, I’m really bad at this XD)
Excerpt: (I don’t have one right now, sorry) Edit: wrote a quick one just for this, lol
He felt it like a bucket of freezing water being dumped over his head, his scalp tightening under his baseball cap, cold rushing down to his toes, and he was suddenly very aware of the silence. An unnatural silence, thick and permeating enough to fill his eardrums and seep into his pores. Hollis’s nerves jumped, and a needling whisper in a voice that didn’t sound like his own hollowed out the back of his skull to say something has gone wrong here, don’t you think? He turned to Flora, who now stood stock-still beside him.
“It feels…. weird, here,” she said, eyebrows scrunching, trying to find a word to describe the heavy, expectant drop in her chest.
“Yeah,” Hollis said quickly, a little breathlessly, bending to grip her wrist and draw her away after him. There was no protest. The hairs on her arm were standing on end. “Let’s leave.”
Be careful, he thought to himself, mindful of how thin and delicate her bones were. He controlled his footsteps back to the street, fighting the urge to start running. If you began to run, he knew, it was hard to stop. Once back on the crumbling pavement, he turned in a circle, dragging Flora with him. Where was everyone else? Still playing that stupid game of hide-and-seek.
Extras: An older story, that I’ve recently started to think about again. This actually started out much darker, with the characters in their older teens, since I based the feel on a number of songs. They have since gotten younger, and the story has more to do with navigating friend and family relationships between all the paranormal themes. It’s still dark, but much more hopeful now.
Questions: There is no ending yet, so in general, what kind of note do you think you would want a story like this to end on? I’m incapable of writing a ‘bad’ ending since the characters are kids, but do you like open endings, bittersweet endings, or more happy-fluffy endings?