…That I’ve been stuck for a while with.
I’m working on my second untitled novel and it’s going okay. But see, I have this board in front of me as I’m typing this post and it has a list of story ideas I have yet to work on.
Although the following ideas may look like they’re all from different genres, trust me, they have something in common. There is some level of suspense and mystery in all of them. And the plot twists I have in store…. heh.
My very first fiction story idea: The Grad Trip
The Grad Trip: It’s about three friends who are going to Korea for their grad trip. Our main character lies to her parents/maybe doesn’t (I haven’t figured it out yet) before going to Korea. If it’s the former, then the whole book leads up to the final argument. If it’s the latter, the story is in the relationship she forms and the relationships she screws up during her grad trip. Hmm. And I mean I’ve got a helluva story planned for our main character, Abhi. But I don’t know why, it just doesn’t seem to click. I just can’t envision Abhi anymore. For TFYP, I can put myself in the shoes of every character. I can see everyone’s thoughts. For The Grad Trip, everyone’s thoughts are just so hazy. I don’t know my characters well. I haven’t defined them well enough, you know? But it’s not that I don’t want to. It’s just my plot’s not clear. The message I want the story to have is not clear. And I can’t.
Contract Marriage: This was the story idea that I thought will be my first book. I love the characters in this story. I just could never pinpoint my characters’ motivations. And something just didn’t feel right with my characters. At this point, I know why the story didn’t work two years ago. I’ve found out what I got wrong. But addressing the issue is a crazy feat and a crazy story in the making. A story I’m not ready to tell yet. It’s planned to be in two point of views. The first half in Yashodhara’s, or Dhara for short, point of view. The second half in Ishwar’s point of view. These two characters will be getting an arranged marriage and unknown to their parents, they have agreed upon a set of conditions. Naturally, someone starts breaking the conditions. And I have always been conflicted about the ending. When I first started out, I didn’t want a happy ending. At some point, while writing, I decided a happy ending is the better choice. But yea.
But now I know what the ending is going to be. Now I know where the story is going to go. Oh do I know. But I don’t know if I’m ready to write this story yet.
Keeping It Together: I’ve outgrown this story. This is a middle-grade story, maybe YA. But I’ve outgrown this story. I planned it to be a story based off of real experiences but with so much more drama. This story is about a girl in high school that’s trying to cope with family, friends, relationship, studies and a dance concert. And then she screws it all up. HAH.
But yea, I don’t think I’ll go back to this story. I’ve outgrown the drama phase of my life. I am against all things that are too dramatic. I mean I still like drama. Just not too much.
Babysitting Jack: This is a story I might go back to. A friend leaves her 10-year-old son with our main character who’s a single, work-from-home absolute boss. So it’s a story about them learning from each other things they didn’t realise they could learn. But I just don’t have the energy for this story. Not yet. The story angle I was looking at made this book really heavy and I don’t want that. I want to look at it with humour so I’m still working on that.
Hijack: It’s supposed to be a short story. And I have most of the structure already out. I don’t know why I’m procrastinating on this. I just am. I’m sorry. It’s about a plane getting hijacked inspired by the hijacking of SQ117 in Singapore. I really love the plot twist I have in this one though.
Pillowtalk: Another short story I’m procrastinating on. This one, I know why I’m procrastinating. Pillowtalk describes a scene that is strikingly similar to a scene Contract Marriage has. Or at least, they share very similar notions. And I haven’t decided if I want to go public with Pillowtalk before Contract Marriage. Pillowtalk is about Vy, a very successful lady, who’s a disappointment to her parents. Lol.