I DISCOVERED AN old word document on my computer yesterday, tucked away in a folder pulled from my last laptop.
Dated 2010, I was brainstorming concepts which could be fleshed out to make a novel. My first novel – Pathfinders – was half complete at this point, but I had one eye on a follow up, though not necessarily in the same sci-fi/thriller genre.
Unsurprisingly, most of these ideas are fairly weak but I thought it would be fun to share them to see what others thought!
- Lazarus raised from the dead by Jesus – what the scripture didn’t reveal was that Jesus’ touch gave Lazarus eternal life, and he’s had to endure thousands of years on earth and lived through countless battles, deaths, miseries, triumphs and witnessed revolutions in foreign lands. At least that’s what a prison convict would have us believe where we start the narrative. A young college journalist writing a local piece on prison inmates stumbles upon ‘Lazarus’ and his colourful history. Is he mad or sane? Can he really be trusted?
- Self-Help motivational speaker (Satan) travels the country collecting souls of his converts. They commit to his Supreme Success Seminars (SSS-666?) and sign over their life by signing the contract. Passes through a hick town and encounters an old school sheriff – takes no shit and doesn’t buy into the fad.
- Recently deceased widow reads her email one night and feels nostalgic about her lover who was killed by a drunk driver. Viewing old messages from her inbox she reads an email dated from four years earlier from her husband. Deciding to respond and put down everything she felt about him and how much she misses him, she hits send. She receives an email response two weeks later.
- A Goonies type children horror story centring on a small village, with eccentric cast. Involves group of close friends who camp in the storyteller’s garden – at night with their parents in bed and the rest of the village seemingly asleep, they roam around the village, scaring each other senseless but then witness the local hermit being bundled into the back of a car by a local priest. The hermit is never seen from again, but the boys are determined to piece together the puzzle and their midnight reconnaissance’s uncover a disturbing plot.
- A teenagers experience with a ouija board temporarily opens a portal which reveal three truths. The first that her mother would die suddenly. The second that a terrorist attack would reduce her city centre to ruins, and the third, that the President of the U.S.A is going to die. #1 was the wake up call, #2 she couldn’t prevent in time, #3…how does she, a 15 year old girl get the President’s attention?
- God puts out an advert on every TV channel, news station, print, magazine. An announcement will take place on 25th September. With billions tuning in, he announces from the Heavens that there is no more space left in heaven, with purgatory overflowing into hell already. To even the numbers, he can only take on 10 more people from each country to make it democratic. This story charts the journey of those 10 and what it takes to survive when all hell literally breaks loose.
- Modern day take on Jack (Jake) and the Beanstalk. In a sleepy village the main character and cast are in the pub skulling pints. Jake decides it’s time to hit the hard stuff and orders a round of shots. The pub owner polishes off a special home brew with ingredients pulled from the four corners of the world. The group knock back all nine shots except Jake. He decides he’s having none of that and pours it into a nearby pot plant. Over the coming weeks, the plant grows wildly, so much so that it begins to dwarf the size of the house. Pissed one night, Jake decides to climb it and discovers a world above the clouds.
One of the above ideas did actually sprout legs in 2015 and I spent three months creating the first draft.
At the risk of sounding like Rolf Harris, can you guess what it is?
Image attribution Offline Marketing Techniques that Actually Get the Job Done via photopin (license)