Character Profile - Tagan
I think Tagan wants to control her spirit friend because she's afraid that her friend's flaws/choices will affect her in the afterlife. However, this is not confirmed. I think Tagan believes that her spirit friend's wellbeing, as well as their relationship when she was alive, was affected by these flaws. So, Tagan is assuming the same will be true even though her friend's dead.
The reason I thought of a witch and a ghost is because I thought it would be interesting to incorporate their powers as visuals for demonstrating their personalities and intensifying their interactions in the cafe.
I haven't really thought about Tagan's life span much. I feel like, since Tagan's magic revolves around time, mortality, and life, it makes sense that she would live longer--perhaps by choice? Interesting to think about!
Character Profile - Tagan
Good questions. I feel like my thought process on this story is a bit complex, but I'll try my best!
First off, I haven't really thought about Tagan's lineage! Her parents could be from two long lines of nomadic spellcasters. Or, she might have been adopted by sophisticated roach people. Who knows!
I believe Tagan knew her spirit friend back when she was still alive. For one reason or another, her friend's elusive, impulsive, and sometimes irresponsible nature in life /and/ in death concerns and immensely frustrates her. I guess that Tagan feels that her friend's choices are what ended her up in the grave. And even now, she's having a hard time getting through to her.
However, I don't think that all of the connections Tagan draws are necessarily true--in the end, she's assuming that her friend's behavior is the source of a problem.
And so, Tagan meddles so much that the spirit doubles down on her unhinged, supernatural traits in this quaint little cafe--just to make a point. So begins this back and forth of witch spells and ghost energy, where each is trying to prove/assert that their own disposition is correct.
I think that in the end, both characters need to step outside the ego they are most comfortable in: Tagan needs to crack that overassertive shell that protects her fearful side, and then the spirit can express why her flaws are part of who she is, and while it's not easy, it's not all that bad.
I hope that makes sense! I'm still buffing out the details. lol
Hey, Vanessa! Honestly, I'm still thinking about the details of the story. A "family feud" or "clashing parties" come to mind. I think it's because, in the beginning of the story, the main character is caught in the middle of two people (friends or parents?) not getting along. To be honest, I don't know if there is a reason why her tears are magical--it just happens. 🙂
I really like your idea about using the tears as an outlet to voice her feelings; I think that's what I'm going for! Sometimes I have dreams that, while totally absurd and seemingly unrelated, are rooted in issues that I'm trying to work through at the time. I think this is my way of trying to capture that experience.
I hope that, by making the tears manifest into tangible characters in conflict, the main character can start to break apart the problem--/before/ addressing that same issue happening in her normal life. I hope that makes sense!
Thanks for your thoughts, Brennan! I'm glad you like those two. I think my instinct is to tell rather introspective, relationship-driven stories. I'm going to zoom in on the witch and spirit idea since I think that's the one I'm going with moving forward.
Although I want this story to be about vulnerability and friendship, I want to use supernatural elements unique to each character to make their interactions engaging--relatable and emotion-driven, but still lighthearted. I want both characters to start off on opposite footing, and then come to a better understanding of each other by the end.
To answer your question, I imagine the world as having mythical creatures, but not all of them exist within a single realm. I think there's generally an understanding that these different realms exist (e.g. the demigod realm and the spirit world). The witch uses her magic to channel the spirit into her own realm. In this realm, spirits are acknowledged and can be accommodated.
Thanks Emma! I'm thinking that the witch and ghost are actually childhood friends (the witch knew the ghost when she was alive).
I think that, in this world, the supernatural is a normal part of life. However, I think that different mystical, mythical, and otherwise supernatural beings live in different "planes" of existence. So, spirits and witches don't regularly coexist in the same realm, at least not knowingly. However, this witch can talk to the dead and channel them into her realm.
I'm thinking they meet for coffee because the witch wants to check in on her ghostly friend. My general thought is that she's concerned that the spirit needs to manifest better energy to preserve herself, so she intends to help the spirit in her own, witchy way.
These ideas were fun! I really like the first one about the gamer kid and the conjuring of sun powers. I have a soft spot for stories about celestial gods and goddesses.
I wonder what the sun powers entail. Is it something he can control? How do these powers challenge him in his everyday life moving forward? Does he use the video game to learn how to control his powers better, or vice versa?
What I'm unclear about is whether the sun over his head is... dangerous at all?
Once again, great ideas! I'm looking forward to the development of any of these ideas.
I appreciate the thought you put into the "What If" you shared. I could definitely imagine the wall enriching the girl's mind with its stories of the past, while the little girl tells the wall about her big ideas and tales of the outside world. I think this puts an interesting spin on the young and the old learning from each other and finding connection.
Naturally, I think that where you left off could potentially raise the stakes of the story's conflict. It sounds like the driving dilemma could be that the little girl (or wall) is misunderstood and struggles to be heard. I wonder how others would perceive the girl's interaction with the wall, and how that would affect her relationship with being open to others.
I'm unclear about how the girl and the wall have their first interaction. How would they communicate, or why does the little girl perceive the wall as something/someone she could talk to?
Hey! I love these ideas. I like "What if there was a dress that let the person wearing it time travel?" the most. Although I'm a novice, I'm very interested in clothing from different time periods and cultures, so this spoke to me.
I wonder what time period(s) you're interested in exploring for this story!
I'm unclear about whether the person has one dress that takes them to a specific time period, has multiple dresses that each takes them to a specific point in time, or has one shapeshifting dress that appropriates different style eras and allows different time travel destinations, respectively.
Good luck! I'm excited for all of your ideas!
What if All Things Were Possible?
Thanks for submitting these ideas! I really liked "What if you knew your prayers were being answered?" I think I'm used to answered prayers signifying the end to a story (usually because it resolves the final, big conflict). But if answered prayers drive the premise throughout the story, this could lead to some interesting storytelling!
I wonder what kind of thing the person is wishing for. Does the answer turn out as they expected? How does this push the character to change over time?
I'm unclear about whether the person gets their prayers answered early in the story, or if they have an expectation/certainty/future sense of an answer/miracle throughout the story instead. In other words, how will they know they've been or will get answered?
Looking forward to seeing your story develop for any of the "what if?" ideas you shared!
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Great ideas! I liked "What if aliens shot a reality TV show on Earth" the most. I think that mixing the drama-filled, high energy of reality TV and sci-fi would drive an interesting blend of creativity and comedy. Also, I recently started looking back on the trash reality TV shows of my pre-teen/teen years, so I'm biased in that front. :)
Right off the bat, I wonder what sub-genre of "reality" TV show this is:
Getaway challenge (like The Amazing Race or The Challenge)
Romance (like The Bachelor(ette) or Love Island)
Occupation (like Pawn Stars or Hell's Kitchen)
Survival (like Naked and Afraid or Alone)
Or something else? A mixture??
I'm unsure about how humans play a role. Are they considered well-known, intelligent beings or rather strange lifeforms? Do humans know that aliens exist? If so, to what extent? For example, if UFO sightings and crop circles were to occur as a consequence, how would the humans react? Would they be aware of the TV show? Would they be annoyed or hostile? Would they freak out or view it as a hoax?
What if there were early-era humans, and the aliens were at a point in their societal development that was similar-ish to humans today?
Overall, I think there are a lot of ways you could take this! But I'm excited to see what you come up with for any of the ideas you shared here. :)
What If Possibilities
My favorite was "What if a dollar bill had feelings and could talk?" I think it could add a twist to someone's relationship to spending money. I think that, because I sometimes like to splurge on things, this idea just hits different, which is fascinating! I don't think I've ever thought about money that way!
Is the dollar bill possessed by the spirit of the respective president/government leader, or is it in the carrier's imagination? Does the dollar encourage the person to spend, or does it express fear about being spent? Is the dollar judgmental about what the person wants to spend it on? :) Also, is this the only sentient dollar?
Nothing was particularly unclear, but I can envision different dynamics between the dollar and its carrier (e.g. a stingy owner vs. charitable dollar, or an open-handed owner vs. a high-maintenance dollar).
Excited to hear what you come up with for any of the situations you shared!
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Krita is a good option that's free if you're interested in digital drawing and painting (agreeing with an earlier comment here). I used it a tiny bit ages ago, but I thought it worked well.
Clip Studio Paint is available with a one-time purchase, and is ~relatively~ inexpensive. I know some professional folks (concept art, animation, web comics, manga, etc.) that use it as an alternative to Adobe Photoshop (for their personal projects and small business). I've heard good things about it all around.
Blender is a free 3D art/animation program, and it has a 2D animation feature called Grease Pencil. I think that if you're interested in story reels, animatics, and animation, or interested in 3D stuff, this is a great, ~free~ option. I've seen people make some pretty cool stuff using 2D and 3D together.
There's also Autodesk Sketchbook, which is also good for digital drawing and painting. The desktop/computer version has a one-time purchase, but the mobile version is free. Honestly, if you have an iPad or other smart tablet (or phone) I would try it out to check if it's a right fit for you--especially if you're just starting out.
There's also Procreate for iPad Pro. The program is inexpensive and non-subscription, but I'd only consider it if you already have a compatible iPad or were considering getting one anyway, lol.
There are definitely more free programs out there, but I don't know much about them.