Feb 04

FebShoMo Week 1, Day 4


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



Day 4

Cards: Hidden, Gift, Home


The first thing to note with the cards for today was how I had to re-draw twice. My initial trio included Secret, which felt too similar to Hidden. This was replaced with Blind, which made an uncomfortable connection with Hidden. I am quite willing to write about a blind character, but describing things hidden from them felt inappropriate. Both of the rejected cards are back in the deck, so are eligible to be picked later in the week.


Once the trio of cards was fixed, I began with the inevitable brainstorming of immediate images:

  • Gift hidden in the home
  • Benefactor gifts a home to a family
  • Prize hidden within a gift
  • Secret home of a ghost within a gift
  • Possessed object given as a gift
  • Family of ghosts live in the same house, leave gifts for the family as rent
  • Family of ghosts live in the same house, receive gifts from the family as rent


The Day 2 outline referenced fey creatures living in a house, so I needed a separate hidden family for today. Thus, I arrived at the idea of ghosts sharing a family home with the living. I do not think humour is my strong suit, but this story would be taking that tone. I am not averse to writing horror, but a haunted house story is not where I would begin.


Overall, the outline for today was not my most exciting. I like the basic idea, and can see potential. However, a lot more work is required before I will start to develop the story. Every day cannot be a huge success, but at least I have an interesting concept for Day 4.


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.


Happy Brainstorming



Find the full list of FebShoMo posts on the project page


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