Thursday, April 10, 2014

I IS FOR ISLAND!


I is for Island  (Skim to the underlined genre or style that best suits you.)

Ideas can’t be copyrighted, so these ideas are free for any of you to use.

It’s easy to imagine how Romance could develop on an island–just the two of you under the stars, surrounded by the song of birds and the smell of exotic blossoms. Consider that your hero and heroine, who were just about to fall in love, wound up on this island which could have been a perfect retreat for romance if not for the fact that his ex-wife is there, and so is her ex-husband. You can make this a wonderful romantic comedy. Or a romantic nightmare. Either way, keep in mind that if you’re going to follow the romance genre, you must close with a sense of happily ever after, so I suggest the new couple be sharing the same coconut in the end.

What a place to bring Mystery buffs to solve a murder. Maybe it’s not a very progressive place, either, so no Internet or cell phones to speed up the investigation. What was the victim, Uncle Ralph, doing on this island anyway? I like the victim being an uncle, a relative of the sleuth –it has to be somebody who’d matter to the sleuth. So, was this a long planned vacation gone wrong? Or does it have to do with that merger that would be voted on by the board next week? Or what about that woman he was talking to in the hotel lobby just before leaving for this vacation? He didn’t want to talk about her, offered no explanation … Yet they seemed to know each other well. Uncle Ralph wasn’t smiling when he looked at the woman, but she offered one heck of a grin in return. Next, maybe your sleuth is rummaging through Uncle Ralph’s apartment, looking for clues. He finds some very interesting bank statements. Now let your imagination feed you the rest.

Literary. Even the ‘idea’ of islands mimics solitude, loneliness, and desperation. Make these attributes–loneliness, solitude, and desperation–so real that they appear almost human, the only humans around. This small world is confined within the circular romp around the continuous shoreline of this haunted place. Is there a way to get away from the deadly three? With promises of torture, should the main character attempt to leave? This now irrational yet rational soul might have to figure out how to survive in the confines of his own mind; but once he does, will he be free?

All sorts of adventure could happen on an island, and that’s a sure way to win an audience of Children. You might not want to make the island too scary–no goblins or ghosts–if your readers are quite young, but if you’re thinking of a novel for middle grade, you can have pretty tense moments playing around with the darkness and strange inhabitants of this island. If you’re going for the young adult market, you don’t have much for restrictions these days. Just give your characters a story-worthy goal and a problem to solve, so that your entire story isn’t only about adventure and fun. Let the island speak to you. Let it matter. What situation would be more tense on an island than anyplace else? Your crush ignoring you because there’s another hot girl there, yet no other guys? A cyber stalker paying a personal in-person visit?  A no-return policy that keeps all visitors there forever?

Choose an idea and get started writing! Or, share your own idea in one of these genres or in one I didn’t mention, such as sci-fi or fantasy. Thanks!

Happy writing!

 

50 comments:

  1. Huh! Islands! I like just about everything you said, especially the solitude, loneliness, and desperation aspect of it...and yet, I never thought to incorporate it in any of my books. I feel like a "duh" moment lol I skimmed through some of your earlier posts, I love the theme and how you're showcasing the different points for each word, awesome!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you got something out of it.

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  2. You're incredible good at inspiring people...I've a few ideas and I don't even write stories!
    Loving the A to Z Challenge Maggie@expatbrazil.

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  3. Very inspirational, I wrote about an Island here in the UK.
    Most excellent post and a pleasure to read.
    Yvonne.

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  4. Islands are great places for horror stories. It'd be a great set up for all kinds of nasty and creepy things, and that sense of isolation would be chilling.

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
    Minion, Capt. Alex's Ninja Minion Army
    The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

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    1. You are right about that. Could be very chilling. Thanks for offering a suggestion in horror.

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  5. Oh, yes - I love mysteries. So, you get the victim to an island and there's little chance of escaping. Good luck with the rest of the A - Z Challenge. :)

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  6. Wonderful writing prompts! I especially like the romance one. Although, I think my story would quickly turn from romance to crime...lol

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    1. To me, that's what would make it good. Some of both!

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  7. I like the victim being a relative, too. The sleuth comes to the island and must solve the case without the use of technology. Now, that makes things interesting, because we have a ultra-modern sleuth who can easily be handicapped by the problem, but she is so smart, she finds a way. I like the romance idea, too. Lovely, I can close my eyes and see it.

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    1. Thanks for your input, Siliva. appreciate it.

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  8. Deserted on an island with my true love....ahhhh.

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    1. It would be a great way to spend some time, wouldn't it?

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  9. Loved the idea of a mystery specially....This was a nice post to ruffle those writing feathers:)

    Latest A2Z Challenge Post-Random Thoughts Naba

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  10. When I saw Island and the first thing that came up in my mind was "Kirrin Island" from Famous five. Now thinking of it, most stories have island as their setting either for mystery or romantic flavour !

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    1. Yep, very mysterious and romantic. But I have to admit, it sort of makes me think of Gilligan's Island. :-)

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  11. As soon as I started reading these entries I thought of the now-defunct show Lost. Did you watch it? The Island was pretty much a character in its own right... as much as I've seen a place or an object take on humanistic qualities.

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    1. I did watch it a couple of times, but others in my family never missed it. And I agree, the island was a character. Kind of Edgar Allen Poe, in that way. :-) I remember is HOUSE OF USHER, and the house certainly was a character.

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  12. I have written about an island before. A metropolis kind. I'd love to get back on that someday. :)

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  13. Have romanced our way through many island vacations, and loved every one of them!

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    1. With all of your travels, I'll bet you have.

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  14. Island whether strange of whacky sure can make for a good story and are not tacky

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    1. Hah! Thanks for the delightful comment!

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  15. Again, the literary consideration draws me to it. But I love the literary angle; getting deep into the character's psyche and living their choices with them, and witnessing how their decisions affect others. This reminds me that a character started a piece simply labeled 'The Island' that needs getting back to. :)

    The Immarcescible Word

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    1. I'm sure it's going to be a good one since it's calling your name. :-)

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  16. Islands are great for mysteries. There is a limited amount of people/suspects and no one can really leave. When I read the post, I immediately thought of Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None.'
    Elizabeth @ www.scribblinginthestorageroom.wordpress.com

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  17. Ooh! I love islands. One of the most impressionable stories I ever read (or better yet, one that left a strong impression on me) was about a ghosts on an island in the middle of a lake. It was haunting, but in a sweet way.

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    1. Sounds haunting. If you remember the title, let me know.

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  18. Oh, I did a piece called "Island" a long time ago! http://arrows-of-anteros.blogspot.com/2013/02/island.html

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  19. I LOVE a good mystery on an island. I'm going to have to take one of my characters on vacation to one soon. :)

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  20. Ooh-ooh! I have islands in my second book (fantasy novel). That's where my character meets up with the pygmy goat god.

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    1. A pygmy goat god. What an imagination! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Susan. Nice of you to stop by. I appreciate it.

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  22. Somewhere on the Island, lost in mist and deepest jungle, lies the ancient crypt of an evil wizard whose bound spirit terrorizes all who go near....

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  23. Great post Debi thank you - you've got my imagination running on overdrive!
    Garden of Eden Blog

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    1. Thank you. Glad it got your creativity humming.

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  24. The island setting lends itself to many interpretations. The children's island adventure holds so many exciting possibilities.
    A lost island in another dimension could be sci-fi/fantasy?

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  25. Thanks, Michelle. My novel is set on an island in another dimension, so I LOVE your suggestion! :-)

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  26. Islands are always wonderful crucibles for stories. I think I might write me one of those, now that you've given me a nudge! Thanks.

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    1. You bet. I wrote a novel set on an island, and I loved the way the land aided the story. It was fun writing.

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