Saturday, February 20, 2016

Finding a Story, Part Three

I do apologize for taking so long to update. It's taken this long to come up with enough to write home about.

Let's review the prompt:
You're shackled to a ball and chain in a train bound for prison. When the train stops you find yourself in front of a large brick mansion instead of the prison. The train has been abandoned.

The saga continues as I search for my elusive main character. I now have some scribblings on a piece of notebook paper that I started during Microeconomics. I have also realized that I have neglected to mention a critical part of this planning process: OneNote. It comes with most versions of Microsoft Office, but I feel like it's the so-called red-headed stepchild of the suite. What I mean to say is that a lot of people have it, but I don't think that many use it. Me, I have folders and subfolders full of pages and subpages. I have all of my ideas sorted into categories, and I will usually start a page for each story I'm working on. I’ll then add subpages for individual characters, locations, etc., as needed. I haven't at this moment started one for the train story, but I probably will by the time I post this. I'm actually writing this in OneNote, and I'll copy/paste it into Blogger when it's done.

Anyway, I've been doing some pondering about my criminal protagonist. What kind of man is he? What are his flaws, and his redeeming qualities? What kind of world did he come from? What made him the way he is when we meet him on that train.

Well, here are the facts:

  • He is a killer, with victims numbering in the severals (6-8 probably).
  • He didn't always lack a soul, but lost it piece by piece.
    • In the case of his first victim, there were some kind of extenuating circumstances (yet to be determined), rather than just a random murder for the fun of it. This act caused a crack in his soul.
    • Subsequent murders broke off more pieces, causing each subsequent murder to be easier than the previous, like a declining marginal cost of conscience (see, I was paying attention in Microeconomics).
  • He probably still has some standards for who he will or won’t kill. Maybe he's one remaining soul shard away from becoming a complete monster.
  • The story takes place sometime in the 1930's, and that is the world our protagonist comes from.

This is all I know for right now, so I'll go ahead and post it. If you have any questions about the story, the character, the setting, whatever, feel free to leave a comment below.

1 comment:

  1. Death in the several's how great. Any ways it is very exciting to see how this process unfolds. My question is this do you come up with story first or the character or a combination or what? What inspires the story more the character or the story? Thanks for your blog.