Nighttime blabbering 682

I might have gone too deep into this second short story. It’s about post-apocalypse, which is my strong suit, but I have a problem with narration. The hero is not a classic hero you might have seen in other works of literature. He is different… let’s leave it at that. The problem is… hmm… there’s no real plot, which sort of works with the concept I chose to use in the story. There’s no real development, just a day in the life, and this is where spears get broken. No real enemy, or at least the enemy is so superior that fighting it means certain death. Plus, the enemy forces are not interested in fighting such an easy target. I am betting my card on sympathy, emotions, longing for the good old days when everything was all right. The story is about a character surviving an altered situation in face of an alien invasion. It’s as if there’s no real plot, no real story to be told, even if the flow jumps from what happened to what is happening at the moment. I’ve done stories where I jumped in times to tell the non-linear tale, but for some reason, this is not going well.

I’ll have to utilize the people around me to give me suggestions and work my way out of this predicament. I still think there’s a great plot drive in this idea, I just need to look for it and devise a proper plan how to bring it forward.

The interesting part, I am still hot for the story, motivated, and focused on finishing it. I missed this thrill of writing zoning out, where I am fully invested in the story, into the world I am building. I haven’t felt this way in a long time.

6 thoughts on “Nighttime blabbering 682

  1. You could send me a five sentence outline …
    sentence one is the opening and character setup: Bruce goes out of town to fight the zorbs despite [?only having a sledge-hammer for a weapon]
    two is the building tension: he finds they can’t be killed by normal means and everyone he met on the way here is now dead.
    three is the extreme state of danger: he’s in the path of annihilation, the centre of the enemies stronghold.
    four is his acceptance of death: if he’s going to die, he’ll at least take out that M.F. who seems to be issuing the orders!
    five is how it ends: the sledge-hammer jams the cogs, the leading machine overheats, the engine explodes, and all the zorbs return to stand around the machine — are they praying? To Bruce?

    I know that sounds silly, but knowing the basics of how the story flows from one part to the next can help sort out the main issues and keep the storytelling on track. *Touch wood and Fingers Crossed*

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