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  1. Ferret

    Ferret Contributing Member

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    The Theme Idea Thread.

    Discussion in 'Bi-Weekly Short Story Contest Archives' started by Ferret, Jul 12, 2007.

    Guys, this is mostly for me, since I delete pm's after reading them, even when I don't want to. Also, this is incase there aren't many ideas given during the voting.

    A permant theme idea bank, if you will.
    So, please, post all theme ideas here.
     
  2. Novel Novice

    Novel Novice Member

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    I'm guessing this is for the weekly writing contests?

    (Forgive me, still trying to get used to how things work around here! :))
     
  3. Ferret

    Ferret Contributing Member

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    Yeah, for the short story contest.
     
  4. Novel Novice

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    Alrighty. Thanks!
     
  5. Cogito

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    Great idea, ferret!

    Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

    Visiting a place where no one knows your language.
    An embarassing situation.
    Coming of age.
    Ghosts (very broad range of possibilities here).
    Illness.
    The highway (also quite a few interpretations possible).
     
  6. Gannon

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    Ideas .. hmmm.

    Write from the perspective of an animal or something inanimate - I once wrote a piece as a snowflake and that went down quite well.
     
  7. The Freshmaker

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    Hmmmm...

    A fling.
    Hitchhiking.

    Yeah, that's all I got.
     
  8. chase42

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    a race of any kind
     
  9. Heather Louise

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    ok, a few ideas that you could do:

    a peice on loneliness
    a tale about a dragon
    doing something that you wouldn't noramlly do
    a situation where you do not feel comfertable
    the wrost/best day of your life

    just a few that i can think of at the moment
     
  10. Torana

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    You could use a murder theme, murder mystery and so forth.
    You could also go with an image like the poetry and other short story competition that goes over a couple of months.
    Why not come up with a sentence that members have to continue one with or even an ending.
    Maybe a series of events that has to be put into the piece.

    Well I have seen this done on another board anyway, worked ok so I thought I'd suggest it here.

    Torana
     
  11. The Freshmaker

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    Moving to a new town.
     
  12. Torana

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    Maybe something to do with a mental institute....or an escapee from one

    (hope that isn't offensive to anyone, if it is I apologise)

    Corrupt Police force
    something to do with convicts
     
  13. Bick

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    A trip, vacation.
    descriptive?
    Getting lost.
    A day in a place you've never been to
    A rescue
     
  14. Cogito

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    A Reunion
    A Birth (again, wide interpretation possible/encouraged)
    A life-altering mistake
    Choosing between two loves
    Defending an adversary
     
  15. Heather Louise

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    how about a speech, about a set subject. but i can be funny, like a speech about traffic, or toilet roll, or money or something. like a comical thing. we tried it on another site and although i myself did not participate, i read some of the entries and they were hilerious. just an idea anyways.
    Heather
     
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  16. Apolla

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    Uh... What about:

    A situation where one character teaches another character something that changes the teacher.
    A scene in which a character has an experience that causes them to recall a past experience.
     
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  17. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Hi, Apolla, and welcome to the Forums.
     
  18. Bick

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    How about a story where no one is human, but animals?
     
  19. Heather Louise

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    get in, thats sounds offit :D:D
     
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    How about death?
     
  21. Edward

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    The running kind or the skin kind?

    Also to expand on what Torana said (about the murder mystery), you could give a Clue(do) like thing and we build a story around it:

    A butler is killed with a salad fork, why? Was he spooning with the master's daughter? was he dipping into the till? did he have gambling debts?

    I actually thought it up in a Word Games thread, but what about being trapped on a zeppelin?
     
  22. csthomas

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    Uncomfortable run in's with ex-girlfriend/boyfriend.
    hard decisions.
    your oddest date.
    conflict with a best friend.
    conflict with an ex and current girlfriend/boyfriend

    If i think of more, i'll edit.

    csthomas
     
  23. Cogito

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    Two people interacting, without showing dialog or thoughts.
     
  24. electro magician

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    How about a work talking about how the record player and the tape player feel when the cd player comes home

    or do a mystery and ghost story

    how about one where someone sits at their computer all day reading through forums postings
     
  25. crashbang

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    a story about someone struglleing with th future and s technologies (like someone in a coma or a knight in 2007)
     
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