Okay, so I started writing a CYS game for the Spring Thing that closes near the beginning of April... And I kind of ran out of juice. The game I'm making is supposed to be 5 chapters long and with about 3 weeks to go, I haven't even finished chapter 2. Wouldn't be so bad except that I've got writer's block and just can't seem to motivate myself to finish the story, so that sucks.
Still, I don't want to give up on the Spring Thing, so I figured maybe I'd quickly use the next couple of weeks to write a short story that still leaves an impact. (Kind of like Snow.)
So far I've only had one idea, and that's just for the first line. Was thinking of starting the story with: "Hello, my name is (haven't thought of a name yet), and if you're reading this letter then I'm already dead."
... And, that's all I got. Anybody got any ideas where I could go from there?
The sentence is really catchy, but you may want to consider rewriting it, because it sounds a bit too much like this: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/814Gb8m%2B%2B%2BL.jpg
So the story looks like it'll be about a dead protagonist and/or main character? Well, it kind of depends on the genre and style of the story desired. For a sad story, maybe the person writing the letter committed suicide for some reason that involves the reader? For a more comical/lighter story, maybe someone writing a letter from some sort of afterlife?
Or perhaps taking random bits of plot from tons of stories and cobbling them together? I do that sometimes XD
But at any rate, it only takes a couple of idea scraps to make a colorful story.
Oh... Never read that before. Damn it, no fair! Was my idea, somebody just... Had it before me
A letter from someone who committed suicide could be interesting, but right now the plan is that the letter isn't being read by somebody the dead person knew, it's being read by a random person who happened to find the letter and as the story goes on, the player finds out more about who the victim was and why he or she died.
Curse those filthy idea-pilferers! This--this is imagination piracy! The cruel irony!
I see--kind of like the broken-memory/bits-and-pieces style like Snow? It'll be good to put a spin off of the ordinary concept, maybe like lead the reader on as to how he/she died and then at the last moment throw the real reason right at them in a way they'll never expect (or otherwise add some nice shock value).
I don't know if this will be helpful, but it may give you more ideas:
It's an activity that I did in Writing class once--it's a collection of pictures with captions that are writing prompts and you can write a story that includes something like that picture. It's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, and apparently the pictures are "mysteries" you're supposed to "solve" by writing a story that revolves around the pictures (although I don't recall middle-schoolers doing this project...)
Wow, that looks really cool ^_^
Wait, what kind of story are you making? Are you looking for ideas to further your story, or ideas for a story itself?
Further the story.
Ooh! Ooh! I know! A MURDER MYSTERY! *flails arms excitedly*
I think it would be great if everyone else thinks this was a suicide, saying you're grieving over their loss, but you can investigate their murder. You could question people, gather physical evidence, and check alibis.
It would be perfect if you could have alternative endings depending on whether you guess the killer correctly or not!