Archive for the ‘Story Ideas’ Category

A Prologue

Freitag, Januar 18th, 2013

The following is the beginning of the prologue I wrote just now to a story that has been floating around my head for longer than I can remember – four years at least. I like the story, but I somehow could never bring all the pieces together even inside my head. My working title was and still is “My Second Life”. It’s a silly title and I need to come up with something better soon before abandoning the idea completely, but it’s the only title I have right now so now it’s public. The subtitle is “A Tall Tale”. The point is that the entire story is beyond ridiculous. It’s silly. It’s preposterous. And I think it’s a lot of fun.

But I fear that I may be alone in that assessment. There is no way anyone would ever want to read and, more importantly, publish this. Furthermore, I was worried that people would think it was autobiographical. So it never bothered me much that I couldn’t make it work quite right in my head. And so the bits and pieces of it I’d written over the years just sat around on my computer and didn’t amount to much. Until I had an idea for how to start the other day and decided to just give it a go and see where it leads me. Please understand that this is a very, very rough first draft. I wrote it in under an hour just now. There are many things wrong with it. But I thought it might be fun to put on here. Also, this is only about two thirds of the prologue. The rest gives a much clearer indication of where the story is headed and I don’t want to share that quite yet. So basically, this is a pointless exercise in patience. Read on at your own risk.

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The Greatest Movie Never Made

Freitag, Mai 2nd, 2008

Three months ago, when the writers’ strike was still in full effect, I wrote a letter to Wes Anderson. Yes, an actual hand-written letter (of 800 words, no less). In it, I proposed to write a screenplay for him that could be turned into a truly terrific film. Sadly, Mr. Anderson hasn’t replied to my letter to this day. Since I’m sick and tired of waiting for him to realize how great this story is, I’m going to post it here. Many other directors, producers and film-makers frequent this site and I’m sure many of them will be interested in picking up this exciting project. Please excuse the fact that the story is still contained inside the letter format, but since I’m not yet getting paid for this, I couldn’t be bothered to remove the parts addressed to Mr. Anderson. I’m sure you understand. (weiterlesen …)

Your Story VI: Tine II

Dienstag, Februar 12th, 2008

After a longer hiatus (for reasons I really don’t want to go into right now) “Your Story” returns with a short story. According to the universal rules of short story writing, if you can’t find a plot, a beginning or an ending or basically anything that makes sense in a short story, this is entirely your fault. You just didn’t get it. So enjoy this one – and remember that you can still submit your own challenge here. (weiterlesen …)

Your Story V: Charlotte

Mittwoch, Januar 30th, 2008

Romantic comedies – the archnemesis of all failed novelists. Once more, you can read here what this is all about. And if you don’t understand the “What I got” part, try the translation underneath. And for everybody who expected something different from the given items: This is a very rough draft. The general idea is there, but I didn’t have the time and patience to put it into a proper story. Maybe I’ll amend it some day, but for now contend yourself with this skeleton of a story idea. (weiterlesen …)

Your Story III: Macbeth

Dienstag, Januar 29th, 2008

This is the fourth entry in the “Your Story” series – I know my numbering is off. What this is all about, can be read here. I won’t deny that this challenge was a little bit more difficult. My first thoughts were about a re-telling of Macbeth, but apparently that wasn’t what was requested. Instead, it is a story that focuses just on the three characters named. I’m not sure whether it can really compete with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but I hope you like it anyway. (weiterlesen …)

Deine Geschichte IV: Tine

Dienstag, Januar 29th, 2008

Jetzt also mal auf Deutsch – wer nicht weiß worum es geht und auch kein Englisch kann, steht jetzt blöd dar. Im Prinzip ist es ganz simpel: Jemand schreibt einen Kommentar mit drei Eckdaten und ich mache eine Geschichte daraus. Hier kann man das im Detail nachlesen, aber eben nur auf Englisch. Aber auch wenn da jetzt gleich “Read the rest of this entry” steht, geht es danach auf Deutsch weiter. Allerdings ist mir diese Geschichte nicht sonderlich gelungen. Meine Kreativität wurde entführt und die Lösegeldforderungen sind zu hoch um darauf eingehen zu können. (weiterlesen …)

Your Story II: Martin

Freitag, Januar 25th, 2008

The second comment to this post about me turning your requirements into a story idea has come in. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read the other post first. If you do, be warned that Martin’s requirements were a little, let’s say strange. However, I managed to turn it into a story (idea) that is certainly fit for all ages. Please excuse the length of the post, I got a little carried away. (weiterlesen …)

Your Story I: Ryan

Dienstag, Januar 22nd, 2008

The first commenter on this post about me turning your requirements into a story idea was Ryan. If you don’t know what I am talking about, read the previous post. Otherwise, enjoy the story. (weiterlesen …)