All through February, I am running the FebShoMo project, a method of brainstorming outlines for stories. As part of this process, I will post regular updates about what I create. Hopefully this means daily, but weekends are often too busy for much blogging.
My brainstorming notes are raw ideas, and may not develop into anything useful. Or they may form the core of a future RPG plot. Either way, I cannot share too much with you here, for fear of spoiling the final story. Instead, I present an edited selection of my brainstorming
Cards: Brother or Sister, Disguised, Fairy
This set of cards were rather disappointing. My initial problem is how they form the core of the changeling story. This is the folklore story where fairies replace one baby with another, usually leaving a grumpy child in exchange. Any story which has stood the test of time like this must have a strong resonance with people.
However, re-visiting famous folklore tales is not really what FebShoMo is about. I want to find new stories to explore. Today was a little harder, as I needed to look beyond this knee-jerk response. As before, my initial task was to quickly brainstorm the obvious combinations of images:
- Bad Fairy switches one twin for a changeling
- Brother dresses up as a fairy for Halloween
- Brother learns sister is a fairy in disguise
- Sister dresses as a fairy to rescue stolen brother from the Fairy Queen
- Brother dresses as a fairy to rescue stolen sister from the Fairy King
There may be scope for exploring the changeling story further, but I wanted to find something more original. I chose to expand the final idea, mixing up the gender roles a little. Adopting a male protagonist is not so new, but disguising him as a fairy is not a common event.
The premise of role-reversals may be flawed, but gave me enough material to fill the 300 word outline. My outline from Day 2 is more exciting, but Day 3 still produced the skeleton of a story. Another successful round of brainstorming.
What would you create with these three cards? Can you see a different story? What setting do the cards suggest to you? Let me know what you think.