A Story Idea that Refused to Go Away

(As you can see, I wasn’t upset that it didn’t.)

In my last post, I talked about a few things that I learned that are important for writing any good story. Now I’m going to talk about how I’ve been trying my best to put them into practice.

I didn’t really start my current Work in Progress with a mind to make it perfect right away. It just came into my head from various sources of inspiration so intensely that I wanted to splat it right onto paper. Or onto the computer, to be more precise.

The first parts of The Unlikely Doctor to come into existence were the characters. My desire was to tell a story about these two people.

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Yes, a screaming girl with exaggerated features and another in thicker black lines who can play the piano with her eyes closed. As a budding illustrator, I still have lots to improve.

That said, let me introduce to you best friends Morgan Harris (left) and Georgiana Mackenzie! Morgan is macrophthalmous (google that last word if you can; I found it online in an old medical dictionary), and Georgiana, who doesn’t look as scared, lost her ability to see at age nine. That should explain some things. The two of have other friends in their world, but back in the day, I had yet to make them up.

In 2013, stories about friendship were to me among the most powerful kinds of stories in the world. An additional form of powerful storytelling to me was that which demonstrated the power of God in a Christian’s life. I decided to put these themes inside of my hopefully first-to-be-published novel. People would get saved, or at least my own heart would be warmed. It would be glorious. So were my speculations.

I was choosing a tricky way for these speculations to come true. Writing a full-length novel with such serious themes would take a long time. Needless to say, my motives weren’t all holy. I loved writing stories a whole lot, and so I took my time. That at least was required for the novel to be written well.

One day, when I wasn’t busy, I came across the latest subscription of our family’s regularly received Christian news magazine. I saw on the front cover that inside was a review of the latest dystopian movie to hit theaters: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

“Aha!” I perked up. “Is that a good movie? My friends so liked the prequel!”

My friends and I were fourteen years old or so at the time. A year earlier, the first Hunger Games movie had come out and they had loved it and this installment would surely be no different. I was curious to know Catching Fire’s details and what it was rated. If it contained too much, I doubted that I would ever watch it. I never watched any movie without being sure that my family wouldn’t have minded watching it as well.

I read the review. It didn’t condemn the movie, but it did explain why the movie was rated PG-13 and it gave a fair analysis of its main characters and their actions without too many spoilers. In the end, I wasn’t convinced that my family would enjoy it. But as I left the article, the writing part of my brain (surprise!) turned on at full voltage!

Without meaning to, the article had given me a prompt. I wondered, “What if there were Christians in a similar dystopian world? How would they respond to their difficult surroundings? And what would God do with them then?”

It was such a foreign and yet attractive idea to me that I decided to determine answers to those questions and write them down in a new story. I became so excited! My family would enjoy an action-and-suspense book written by me and with no stabbings of my conscience about it. And others might someday find a book on a shelf of their favorite genre that has a Christian twist inside of it.

Note to already-published Christian dystopian authors and your books: I should have found about you guys first. 

At fourteen years old, therefore, I collected snatches from other various sources of inspiration to simulate the rest of the major characters. I had already come up with Morgan and Georgiana (I hope you like them!). And I welcomed them all into a world wrongly called Democracia to tell readers a dystopian story as best I could about the value of the Gospel, the necessity of an absolute truth, and the sanctity of human life.

Maybe this story won’t get published. I won’t get everything right in it for sure. But it has been in my head for nearly four years now. I’m thus giving its completion a shot for the possibility of its success and good purpose.

Do you have a young-person and/or Christian endeavor that you’d like to talk about? Do you have any comments, questions, or advice to give? Or would you like to know more about this work in progress?

I’m open for discussion!

Kayla

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3 thoughts on “A Story Idea that Refused to Go Away

  1. It’s neat to see where “The Unlikely Doctor” came from. Seeing your goals for this book is inspiring to me.

    Many of the stories in my head right now are all dystopian leaning, and almost apocalyptic. Funny thing, my favorite book of the Bible is Revelation.

    So hearing that I’m not the only one who wants to address serious issues that are just too big, but still necessary, is comforting.

    Thank you. I mean it.

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    1. Hey there!
      Well, you’re welcome. I’m glad to have been that much of a help.
      And thank you very much yourself for your support!

      You’re writing dystopian-apocalyptic books? Do you imagine in them how the world might end, like how Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins did with the Left Behind series?
      I should say that I’ve been partly inspired writingwise from Revelation too, although, upon a closer examination with the help of some teachers about what it’s talking about, I found out that the writing ideas gleaned from therein were more like 99% my imagination and only 1% similar to the revealed future. So I might write a story with these ideas but I won’t be able to say that it’s based upon Revelation exactly.
      I’m interested in knowing more about what you mean to someday tell the world in your stories.
      “serious issues that are just too big”–what an accurate way to put it! They are too big in the sense that we can’t tackle them on our own.
      Until later!

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      1. Yes I am. And in a way I do imagine how the world will end, in a way.

        I’d like to share, but I’m not sure I’ve got it straight in my own head yet. 😉

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