In the last post, I mentioned finding inspiration through documentaries. Today, I’ll show you how to create an actual story with that spark.
Show: Two-hour Ancient Aliens Special on Artificial Intelligence
Idea: Artificial Intelligence Gone Bad
Wait! Hasn’t That Been Done Before?
We all know that there aren’t any truly original thoughts in fiction. Right? Every time you stumble across a general idea, you’ll undoubtedly find that someone else has either turned it into a book or a screenplay. Our unique angle, however, turns it into a new novel or movie.
Brainstorm Your Idea.
In the televised program, plenty of ideas were explored. How many possible plots could you develop from watching just one episode of your chosen show?
For the aforementioned idea, I came up with:
- AI takes over humanity
- AI goes to war with humanity
- AI infiltrates a community
- AI sex workers are targeted in a crime
That last idea is one from my upcoming project list! It’s a thought I had before I penned my first book, but watching Ancient Aliens has given me some new perspectives.
In creating an idea, think outside of the box. Plus, make sure that you’re not duplicating an exact plot that’s already been published.
I dare you to push your imagination. Need a little help? Try this writing prompt:
I’d love to hear what you create!