View Full Version : Two 'lame' ideas = one awesome story?

07-29-2012, 12:07 AM
The inspiration for the [Codex Alera] series came from a bet Jim was challenged to while a member of the Delray Online Writer’s Workshop. The challenger bet that Jim could not write a good story based on a lame idea, and Jim countered that he could do it using two lame ideas of the challenger’s choosing. The “lame” ideas given were “Lost Roman Legion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legio_IX_Hispana)", and “Pokémon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon)”

So, I love me some Codex Alera, and that gave me an idea. I've been trying to exercise myself with some different writing, but I haven't come up with anything of substance. So I thought, hey, it could be fun to do something like this, combining two ideas, lame or otherwise, and trying to make at least a decent story out of them.

...But where to find such ideas?

Anyone interested in brainstorming some random bits with me and puzzling them together into something readable?

08-16-2012, 09:24 PM
Sure! Should these lame ideas be totally disparate with no obvious connections? Or does that even matter? How about something like...

A pasty white, 90-pound weakling nerd guy with taped glasses, sitting in his tidy whities and chatting online using a bleeding Thor avatar and the name Great-Hammer-of-Death!!


An arrogant cop writing a ticket to an elderly woman driver for not turning off her turn signal after changing lanes.

Kitty Pryde
08-16-2012, 09:54 PM
Go to tvtropes.org, and in the top right corner click the 'random' button. Some of them only apply to tv or manga, or only apply to story format or are offensive cliches, so skip those. OK, I got

'America Saves the Day' and 'Perky Female Minion [of a villain]'. That should do.

Or how bout 'Prehistoric Monster' and 'Undercover Model' (a cop or spy pretending to be a model). GENIUS I tell you!

'Just Add Pirates' (using pirates in an inappropriate setting, such as a mall), and a 'Snipe Hunt' (sending child or naive person to find something that doesn't exist).

08-16-2012, 10:23 PM
Clumsy superhero and a karaoke contest at the county fair. ^_^
Or a cat that saves other cats from trees and local house-husband runs for mayor.

Drachen Jager
08-17-2012, 03:00 AM
A grizzled veteran gladiator of the Coliseum and the receptionist for the Ghostbusters.

Drachen Jager
08-17-2012, 03:03 AM
A home improvement centre, toilet salesman with bowel cancer (oh the irony!) in search of true love and a year-old tuna salad sandwich.

(Make a story out of THAT, I dares ya!)

08-17-2012, 03:29 AM
Physical therapists who don't know anatomy and Olympic dressage riders whose horses have their own private train.

08-17-2012, 03:49 AM
A talking camel and were-cacti.

Drachen Jager
08-18-2012, 02:53 AM
The O.J. Simpson trial and 9/11.