One annoying thing that writers hear all the time: “You should write a story about ___!”
Most often the ideas that come my way don’t interest me very much. People pitch ideas they think would be good for a book, but I can’t imagine sustaining an idea through all the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to complete a full-length novel if I’m not totally psyched by said idea.
Strangely, in the last week I’ve gotten some good ideas from family members that I’d be interested in pursuing (in short story format rather
than as a novel). One involves zombies, baseball, and the never-ending Cubs curse, and the other was inspired by the sewage that recently flooded our basement. I’m keeping both of these on the back-burner for when I need a short story idea.
So that got me thinking… maybe I should find out what kinds of stories the readers out there would like to see.
Here’s what I want from you: pitch me your idea (for a short story, not a novel please) in a comment below. You can be as vague or detailed as you like, but the more specific you are, the closer I can get to your premise. Then I might see if I can rig up a poll or something for you to vote on your favorite idea… and if everyone votes for their own, then I’ll just pick my favorite or something. Yeah, I’m half-assing this a little.
But however we pick the winner, that person will get to see their idea fleshed out into an actual story. I will write it based off the pitch and publish it right here on Pandora’s Pen for all to see. You will get your very own story written by me, dedicated to you, and inspired by your ideas. And if you want more people to read the story that you helped to create, go ahead and direct them on over here!
I will be away for one whole week after making this post, so you won’t hear a peep out of me until maybe next Wednesday… but that gives you plenty of time to brainstorm for the contest. So be sure to get your ideas in by August 3!
Sound fun? Then I suggest you start thinking. Ready… Set…. GO!