Feb 11

FebShoMo Week 2, Day 11


Throughout February, I am running the FebShoMo project, a method of brainstorming outlines for stories. As part of this process, I 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 11

What if . . . The central character in a story is an inanimate item?


This is a concept found in Anglo-Saxon riddles, and struck me as a clever idea. Thus, I added it to my “What of . . .” list. Today, this alternate protagonist had a chance to be brainstormed. Sadly, Saturdays are so busy that the brainstorming was delayed until I was on the bus home from roleplaying. The ideas were not flowing smoothly.


To add more impetus to the process, I linked this idea to another back-burner idea: a book about brushing teeth. Frankly, this was not much of an improvement. I achieved my word count goal, but I feel little excitement about the current outline. Today was one where I need to re-visit the brainstorming later and see if I can improve the basic idea.


I expect to write a story with an inanimate protagonist, just not from today’s outline. However, this too is part of the process. It is progress to have these ideas written down, and they may yet prove useful to me. Maybe tomorrow will bring me a better outline.


What would you create with this idea? Can you see a different story? What setting does this concept 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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