Welcome to the workshop! I don’t usually let people wander around here. It distracts from my work. For you though, I’ll make an exception. Feel free to look around. Perhaps you’ll find something that catches your eye and we can talk deals.
Story Hooks and Plot Parts
A collection of ideas that I tried and failed at before, or haven’t gotten around to yet. They may not have succeeded as they were, but maybe you can stitch something from their parts.
Fairy Guide: Fantasy, Adventure, romance [break] A shopkeeper in a small town is struggling to keep their business afloat. Their best bet at this point is to load up a wagon and see if they can turn a profit in some other town. The only road out of the village, though, is rarely used and full of danger, running through an old forest. The night before their departure, the shopkeeper offers a desperate prayer of safe passage to an old fountain rumoured to be an altar to the goddess of the forest. The next day, they are surprised to find a mysterious stranger waiting for them at the entrance to the forest, claiming to be their guide. This stranger couldn’t possibly be sent from the goddess, could they? Even if they were, could they be trusted? After all, a deal with a fairy always comes with unforeseen consequences.
The Fire Keeper’s Daughter: Psychological Horror, Mystery, Lovecraftian [break] A woman receives news that a distant relative has passed away, leaving her his cabin out in the country. She decides not to look a gift horse in the mouth and uses the cabin as a clean break from her current life, including a clingy ex-boyfriend and some very persistent debt collectors. When she gets to the cabin, she finds it clean, fully furnished and with the fire pit still lit. A letter on the mantelpiece tells her that the fire will burn anything, but cautions her not to let it go out. She doesn’t think anything of it at first, but uses it as an excuse to burn trash in the fire. Receipt stubs, junk mail, a letter from her ex (how did he even find this address?) eventually she realizes that the fire does things to the stuff she burns. Burning a receipt will put the money back in her account, burning an invoice will make the debt collectors go away and burning a letter from her ex makes him forget he ever sent it. It’s as though anything that gets burned never existed at all! But that isn’t the only strange thing about the house. She’s finding things out of place, and food disappearing more and more often, as if she isn’t the only person living in the house. She begins to wonder if the previous owner died at all, or if they were simply forgotten. And what happens if the fire goes out?
Demonblood Books: Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure [break] The Monastic Order of Archivists, a relatively new organization, claims to want to study and catalogue all of the odd parts of the world. They seed out odd creatures and natural phenomena. The study process destroys the original subject, but creates a magical book that describes the subject completely. They make their money by selling weaker copies of these books, bringing affordable magic to the masses. But no one is ever allowed in to see the real books, and there are rumours about what their actual goals are, or how they got the power to create these books in the first place.
Walking Cities: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Survival [break] Far in the future, people live in giant walking cities that roam from point to point across the continent. Technology has advanced to such a point where every possible need is fulfilled the moment it’s thought. As a result, higher thinking has become a thing of the past, and humanity is nothing more than feral animals. Children are produced by automated systems that grow babies in vats and spit them out directly into mechanical suits. The once gleaming cities are now literally plastic and metal jungles. One such human ends up chased off while their city was docked and charging. They end up left behind and must face the wilderness while the suit that’s helped them survive so far has a rapidly depleting battery and no way to charge. Searching the ruins of the old charging station, they find and manage to turn on an android. Registering the human as it’s new owner, the android accompanies the human as they try to catch up with the city. Can they survive the trip?
Human mind meets alien body: Sci-Fi, Space [break] As it turns out, faster than light travel is impossible. Instead, humanity has been putting people’s minds into robotic spaceships. These people, volunteers or not, are left to roam the infinite universe forever, with only a radio to connect them to the rest of humanity back on earth. Eventually that stops working too, leaving these probes completely alone. This story would follow one such probe’s encounter with an alien intelligence of some sort, maybe landing on a planet and contacting the people living there, maybe trying to convince a junk salvager not to turn them into scrap metal when they board their giant metal body.
Soulmates: Romance, Urban Fantasy [break] While cleaning their house, one half of a young couple find an odd necklace among their partner’s things. Unknown to them, their partner used to dabble in occult things back in their teenage years, and unknown to either of them, this ‘mark of a familiar’ was the real deal. As the day goes on, both people end up feeling odd as the one wearing the necklace slowly absorbs the soul of the other, becoming a newborn demon in the process, but becoming bound to their unwitting warlock partner.
Crave List & Themes
Feel free to pitch your own ideas as well. I can work with a lot but not everything, unfortunately. So, here’s a list of themes and topics I’m currently interested in, in case that helps.
Fears and Weaknesses
These topics, on the other hand, I have less experience or more difficulty with. I’ll be much less likely to pick up stories based on these.
Modern military / Police work
About My Process
With the writing prompts done, I suppose I should address the human element. I try to be as accommodating as I can be, but my usual process looks something like the following.
Slow Although I try to be around for discussion and plotting as much as possible, my posting speed is about once a week at best.
Collaborative I treat the writing process more like co-authoring a novel than trading forum posts. Expect a lot of collaborative posts.
Talkative I like making friends with the people I write with, I also like knowing what the direction for the story will be ahead of time. So expect a lot of questions about character motivation, world building, story theming etc.
If any of the above has piqued your interest, please feel free to message me. You can do so through private messages on this site, or through the discord server. I tend to check discord more often, but I’m usually around on both.