Yet Another Story Idea:
- To make a good narrator, a character has to be able to tell the story, first and foremost. How much of the plot do you want your readers to know? You said that you don't have much worked out, so you'll have to think about what you want to do. Something else you could try is switching narrators at certain points if you have a situation where using Character A as the narrator during Part II would give away the entire plot. In the case of my own story, it features political intrigue along with a character's growth from a teenager to an adult as he deals with the multiple things that have happened to him. I open the story with Character A, a major player in this intrigue, switch to Character B about 2/5 of the way through, then switch to Character C for the last fifth. Why do I do this? Using Character A during B's run would give everything away. And both A and B have died by the time of C's run.
- Boyish things? Instead of Joey just enjoy watching sports (which is something that girls have been known to like, too), you could make her enjoy playing them, too. Football is one way to do this without giving away Joey's gender because it's traditionally male-dominated. I've seen girls play on football teams alongside a bunch of guys before. But if that's not the route you want to take, try giving her interests in other male-dominated fields, such as engineering or computer science. You do not usually see girls who want to go into those fields. And, you're right, video games are overused. Girls playing games such as Call of Duty and The Legend of Zelda rarely raise an eyebrow anymore.
- The thing with Those Two Guys is that they are often opposites at a glance. Think about why these people are friends and, realistically, why they would be hanging out together. People don't necessarily become friends based on the Opposites Attract principle. If you want to create more characters, stop and think about how you came up with those four. Authors come up with characters in different ways. As for me, I've started with a single trait and kept building from there on that trait. I've come up with other characters based on a little one-liner description- "a courier girl from the moon", "a 1930s housemaid who's insecure about her infertility", etc.
- I have no idea. That's your choice, but make sure you know how the fantasy elements would impact the plot. If they don't impact the plot much, then it's not necessary, and some readers may wonder why it's even a fantasy at all.
edited 8th Mar '11 6:47:24 PM by CrystalGlacia
One plot I'm thinking about is a Recursive Crossdressing scenario. Joey could take a dare to dress as a girl and trick a boy into going out with her. The problem is how to conclude it.
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