2) We always have more ideas to write than time to write them
It's a conundrum that sometimes results in creating stories that just don't seem to fit what we want to write, or what sort of story we write normally. It might be something that someone else can do better, or you can't seem to get down on paper.
Or maybe, you're interested in the challenge of taking an idea and morphing it into your own.
Or maybe you have a few hints of things (characters, settings, all of that) that need a good story to showcase them.
Look no further.
Here is the WriYe Community Plot Garden. The idea is simple:
If you have an extra plot, "plant" it in the garden. You can do that by just posting it here, announcing it up for grabs.
If you need a plot, look at the sown seeds and reap their rewards. You can do that by quoting the plot chosen (make sure to trim the original post to just one plot if there are more than one) and announcing "Plucked!"
-- If you need a specific plot, feel free to request one by posting as well! So if you need a specific genre or you'd like something that could fit around a specific character-type, share that in a "Plot Request"!
A woman in her early forties, who can be quite overbearing. A man in his late twenties, who can be quite charming. The story begins in a hospital. A soldier returns home from war. It's a story about separation. Your character takes control of the situation.
A woman in her late thirties, who can be quite easy-going. A man in his late forties, who can be quite jealous. The story begins at a circus. Someone is lost. It's a story about learning from mistakes. Your character realizes no-one will listen to what s/he's saying
A man in his early thirties, who is very helpful. A woman in her late twenties, who is very anxious. The story begins on a lonely moor. A robbery goes badly wrong. It's a story about an adventure. Your character upsets a lot of people.
A woman in her sixties, who is very selfish. A man in his early thirties, who can be quite mysterious. The story begins in an office. A mysterious death occurs. It's a story about madness. Your character attempts to keep a low profile.
A woman in her early forties, who can be quite arrogant. A woman in her late forties, who is very daring. The story begins on a battlefield. Someone thought dead is discovered alive. It's a story about learning from mistakes. Your character has some questions to answer
(Note: All names and titles can be changed. It just helps me think when I brainstorm.)
On the eve of her husband's scheduled date of "programmed departure," Eve Callahoun looks back through the scrapbooks she's made over the twenty year relationship with Jacob. Through the different pages, she's left herself tiny messages and hints that remind her not only of the journey, but also of a way to achieve their future - if she's willing to risk it.
Every three hundred years, the child born beneath the Eclipse of Alpha Corvi is said to be the newly crowned Oracle. They are raised to read the stars, the winds and the seas. Their appearance leads the standard for beauty. Their vocal register becomes the most melodic tone for the duration of their rein. They never marry, though there is no shortage of partners to spend their time with if they so choose.
For the past five millennia, that has been a female child and the Oracle has continued to be She Who is Revered.
In the 5300 Year of the Crow, the new Oracle is born male. Unwilling to accept the change, the ruling parties decide to keep the child's identity a secret beneath a veil and raise him as they would any other Oracle.
Fields of Asphodel
The FBI thinks that there are only thirty serial killers operating in the United States actively.
Detective Thea Brooks has been working on the homicide beat for far too long. Most of them were the routine - lovers' spats, abusive spouses, mistakes while committing other felonies - and frankly, boring. Evidence was strewn everywhere in the scenes. The guilty parties made stupid mistakes, stupid decisions, and ultimately, paid up for it. But that's not why she got into the case.
When given the opportunity to shift to the Cold Case Unit, she jumps at the chance to fit together the puzzles that have gone unsolved for so long. The case she gets: Norma Kane Age at Time of Death: 19 Manner of Death: Homicide Cause of Death: Strangulation.
But the line that sticks out: Asphodel Flowers Inserted in Mouth and Throat.
And in that box... Six other cases with the same line.
"In a world where zombies are rude and reckless, one lord has no choice but to bring down the government using the best golf club in the word. In a devastating conclusion, the lord saves the world, but only by sacrificing his own life."