Novel Concept #1 — Plot & World Building Idea Smash
Let’s do a simple exercise to come up with an original “world” idea for my NaNoWriMo concept.
What if I combine x with y.
For example, what if I combined ancient rome with Space opera (Golden Son).
Or; what if I combine greek gods with modern world (Percy series).
No ideas recorded here are bad, even the bad ones.. Okay, let’s write whatever comes to mind.
What if I combine merchant ships with ocean magic
What if I combine pirate treasure with vengeance + redemption
What if I combine modern day treasure hunting with portal to alternate universe.
What if I combine a message in a bottle with a coming of age story.
What if I combine training to be a knight with communist uprising.
What if I combine most boring man in the world with an exciting adventure.
What if I combine lottery winner with slow destruction of values.
What if I combine steampunk magical rock craftsmen apprentice with overthrowing an empire.
What if I combine earth lacking fossil fuels with control of solar power held by one corporation. Idea expansion:
- Oil completely drilled out, remnants left are banned from use on penalty of death due to “saving the environment”.
- Underground movement use fuel based machinery/weapons and seek to overthrow solar corps.
- Power is based on solar panels. One corporation runs all panels in space & large swathes of land.
- Dictator now runs the mega corporation, no countries/rules except the corps.
- People live in dark ages who don’t have agreement or can’t pay. Solar panels are used to create a caste system of elite and down-trodden.
- Elite class only seek to move off-world as this Earth is damaged, and use power/hoard it to achieve this goal.
What if I combine post-apocalyptic world with a new world called “Musaga” [Make United States Great Again — Trump] … Idea expansion:
- They had “The Web” (no internet exists now, majority of infrastructure is destroyed)
- The Drumpfers (America) defeated the North-Core Army (North Korea)
- Underworld Currency: printed books
- Treasure found: main character finds vault of books
What if I combine weakling court scribe with vendetta quest for vengeance.