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Concept bouncing!

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    Audra E. S.
    @backwardslivewriter

    Sooo, the thing is, the largest portion of how people will react to your writing, is your concept. Phenomenal writing with a weak concept? It will fall through. Okay writing with a strong concept? It will stand.

    This is for us to look at eachothers’ synopses and helpfully, kindly, be resonators for one another. To say that that concept right there is utterly brilliant, while that one could use some work. Point out the good and bad points.

    Could one steal past those watchful dragons? I thought I could.
    -C.S. Lewis

    #126039
    Cathy
    @this-is-not-an-alien

    Ooh, this sounds fun (and helpful)! Idk if a concept is more important than execution but it sure dang helps XD (maybe we could grow as writers debating the different points of good concept against good execution (or maybe I just like arguing more than is humanly reasonableXD)). Anyway, concept:
    So my story is a fantasy-thriller set in a world where some people are born with special powers and in the early ages acted as guides/leaders, basically Old Testament prophets. But eventually they started abusing their power to the point that everybody rebelled and figured out ways to counter abilities. Now, ability-borns are an outlawed minority that a lot of people think are extinct and those who don’t are bitterly prejudiced against them. (Skipping half the subplots) So now my MC is a fugitive, fire ability-born with C-PTSD (Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) journeying to the Temple ruins both in search of a mentor and a purpose while trying to prevent an inevitable revival of a complex cult who’s tamperings with magic have mad a rise in several ghoul-species and especially has spread the windigo fever throughout the Twelve Kingdoms of Casumbra. Although no one knows the whole story, several different people spend most of the book piecing together my MC’s backstory, trying to figure out what happened two years previous that led to him vanishing without a trace from his home town. Nobody really knows the whole story except the silent, hidden villain whose only known ties is a childhood relationship with my MC ending in subsequent betrayal/guilt complex blahblahblah big mystery.
    So that’s the…really simplified version, my biggest problem is getting all that in without info-dumping and building up with relevant sub-plots and over-all not being way too confusing and so…that’s me, here reporting for concept criticing XD

    Don't let the voices in your head drive you insane;only some of them can drive; most are underage

    #126043
    Zee
    @zee

    Great thread idea, @backwardslivewriter…I’m going to be moving back into the concept-exploring phase myself soon.

    #126044
    Arindown (Gracie)
    @arindown

    @backwardslivewriter

    This is an awesome idea. I’ll for sure be watching this thread…and probably trying to put my concept into one paragraph so I can share it.😂

    Not all who wander are lost.

    #126068
    DeepRun
    @deeprun

    Maybe that’s the first step.  Can you encapsulate your concept in one paragraph?

    • This reply was modified 4 weeks, 1 day ago by DeepRun.

    You do not have a soul. You have a body.
    You are a soul. - C.S. Lewis

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