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The Kids Are HomeWe stood around her in a circle as she took her last breath. None of us could think of anything to say, but we all knew we were on our own now. She’d joined the rest of her generation, and it was up to us to finish the mission. To survive.The Kids Are Home by illuminara
We were so close we decided not to jettison her body but lay her to rest in the ground like the old custom we’d only read about. It seemed like a bittersweet way to christen our new home.
Two days later, we could see the cobalt blue glow with our bare eyes. The entry sequence initiated not long after that, and we strapped ourselves in. With our hands clenched in quiet fear, we waited for our ship to performed her final act of service and bring us safely to the ground.
The ground … our ship had only known it once before, and we knew nothing at all. What would it be like standing on dirt, seeing the stars from a fixed point in space? What would dirt feel like between our toes? Or sand or grass or mud or rock? Would they welcome
Making It Human - NaNoWriMo Concept - Take #2Year 2051Making It Human - NaNoWriMo Concept - Take #2 by illuminara
I, Skylar Carmon, graduated from high school, turned eighteen, got kicked out of my foster home, and lost my only chance at getting into a university all in the same week. But hey, I had a knack for programing, so a little crime couldn't hurt, right? That’s what I thought until the idiots I decided to work with got us all caught.
But the company I hacked didn't leave me sitting in cell for long. Instead, they offered me a job programing an advanced, humanoid AI called Ben. If he could pass the Life Turing test, he'd be the first biologically printed android to do so and would open the doors to a new era of technology. Oh, and did I mention the insane award money and private contract? Hell yeah, I wanted a piece of that.
The gig wasn't exactly what I'd imagined. Working with Ben was actually a challenge, and that was new to me. We had our differences, but it turned out to be a real life-reboot for both of us. Not that I actually had anything in common with an A
How to Write an Original StoryEvery great story is about the same thing: exploring and defining the limits of the human spirit. By that definition, one might think it impossible to write anything truly original, but how can you really define originality?How to Write an Original Story by illuminara
Is originality about changing the human condition? Or is that impossible? The human condition is a constant, so it's consistent in every story ever told. What changes is the lens through which we see the human condition.
Therefore, an original story can be defined as a story that uses a new perspective to commentate on the human condition.
To write an original story, you must first understand the human spiritwhat makes it soar and what makes it break. Once you do, you are then free to create characters and put them in a world and situation that will test the limits of their humanity.
That's the core of every brilliant story. Originality isn't about changing this; it's about showing it in new and creative ways. Don't try to tell a new story. Tell an old story
The Originality IllusionIt's come to my attention that, in the online amateur writing scene, no one seems to understand the proper role of characters in conjunction with plot.The Originality Illusion by illuminara
From what I have been able to observe, literally everyone tries to create characters outside of plot by outlining what they look like, what they eat for dinner, and what bands they absolutely abhor. That's the law on how it's done. The amount of "character survey sheets" containing a never-ending list of questions for prospective characters is ridiculous--and sad, because determining these things will in no way help you create a good character or, more importantly, a good story (which I define as an account of a character's actions within a given plot).
In reality, your character is not going to comb his hair, sit down to the dinner table, or workout in the gym with his iPod during the erupting mayhem of your story. If he does, it's because you've invested way too much time in randomly select
A Short Guide to BrainstormingA Short Guide to Brainstorming by illuminara
Got nothing to write? Stuck in the middle of a story? Just getting your mind wrapped around a new idea? Asking yourself, "Where do I go from here?"
Here is the two-step guide to story development. It works every time, 100% guaranteed.
Ask yourself this simple question: "What if?"
Staring at a blank page? Ask "What if . . . ?"
Stuck in the middle of a story? Ask "What if . . . ?"
Don't know how to end your story? Ask "What if . . . ?"
Don't think your story is going in quite the right direction? Ask "What if . . .?"
Ask yourself this second simple question: "Why?"
What if aliens invaded our planet?
What if the antagonist is obsessed with redheaded women?
What if the good guy dies in the end?
What if the protagonist lies to his love interest instead of telling her the thing he desperately wants to get out?
Here's the point:
Absolutely anything is possible in the world o
Grace currently lives in Ohio where she's an office monkey by day and weekend dog wrangler. She often complains about the lack of decent sci-fi these days while playing with her fountain pens and typewriter.|
She is an avid student of stories, analyst, and writer who's more interested in experimenting with new forms of storytelling than adhering to traditional methods. She always questions classical thinking and enjoys sharing what she's discovered.
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