Who knew January would be so hectic? This time of year real estate is relatively slow, but I haven’t had much down time to participate in STORYSTORM this month. The health issues plaguing my father-in-law certainly haven’t helped. We almost lost him last week, but he finally seems on the mend. So where does that leave us? With 12 story ideas to come up with as of today. Here it goes….
Idea 16: How about a story of a young girl who cherishes the memory of her grandfather by planting a memorial garden in her back yard?
Idea 17: There is a story idea I’m tossing around about a wife who attempts to murder her husband and then takes off to Mexico with her new boyfriend. The husband recovers with a sketchy memory of what unfolded, but when he figures it out he goes down to Mexico to confront her.
Idea 18: The first full-length novel I wrote was women’s fiction and it centered around three sisters. I would like to write a prequel to that story that unfolds during their childhood: maybe when they are tweens or teens.
Idea 19: Have you ever read anything by Michaela MacColl? She writes historical fiction that centers around the childhoods of famous people like Queen Victoria, Louisa May Alcott, and Emily Dickinson. I’m up to writing something similar. Maybe Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Susan B. Anthony.
Idea 20: What if there was a little boy who saw Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery (Genesis 37)? What if his family didn’t believe him when he told what he saw, but as an adult he met Joseph again?
Idea 21: How about a child who witnesses Pentecost and how it transforms his life and that of his family? (Acts 2)
Idea 22: The story of Jonah and the whale has been told often, but I don’t know that it’s been told from the whale’s point of view.
Idea 23: I wonder what a child would have thought when Jesus fed a crowd of 5,000 like we are told in the Gospel of Matthew.
Idea 24: Mercy Street is a Civil War era drama on PBS. Inspired by real people and events, it digs into the lives of those who work and visit the Mansion House Hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. To fictionalize the lives of the Green daughters of Mansion House would be so interesting if you started with a year or two before the war and then continued into wartime.
Idea 25: Though this idea has been done before, it remains important: a tween in a small town is the victim of extreme bullying online and in person. She eventually commits suicide and the town residents–especially young folks–are left with the challenge of whether to stay the same or change how they treat each other.
Idea 26: I’m ready for another Christmas story too. Not sure what yet. Maybe an animal story that takes place in the forest where all the animals talk and something special happens.
Idea 27: Last one for today: how about a young string orchestra that is due to play a special event but obstacles get in their way: traffic, a flat tire, etc.?