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What goes on in my brain

A couple of months ago I was watching Once Upon a Time and was quite intrigued by the character of Hook.  Not because he’s a total hotty (which he is) but because he’s a “bad guy” who seemed to do “good things” that should’ve been out of character, but somehow fit.  Wow, a bad boy with a heart of gold, I wonder why that piqued my interest.  (You can probably hear me rolling my eyes.)  Anyway, I wondered what it would be like to write a character who is a bad guy, but mixed in with the good guys, and this is the scene that immediately played on the movie screen in my head.

Imagine if you will, a dungeon of a castle belonging to some sort of despotic ruler, aka a big bad guy (this may have been influenced by too much Game of Thrones).  The cells of the dungeon are full of good people who have been unfairly imprisoned.

A kerfuffle breaks out above as an army of good guys storms the castle to overthrow the despotic ruler.  A few come down into the dungeon to free the prisoners.  One of the prisoners is a stranger (ie. not one of the villagers who live around the castle – I hadn’t worked out the details) but the good guys free him too, because they’re good guys, it’s what they do.

dungeon

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Now, this stranger is our bad boy with a heart of gold.  He’s grateful for the rescue, of course, but his first priority is still to look out for himself.  And if push came to shove, he wouldn’t feel any loyalty to the good guys who rescued him … except he finds himself falling for one of the girls in the group.  And he’s torn between doing what he’s always done – trusting no one and looking out only for himself – or letting this girl in.

End scene. 🙂

Don’t ask me why it come out with a high fantasy (or possibly Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) feel.  I can’t really control what goes on in my brain.  But the idea stuck.  So I tweaked it.  Ditched the high fantasy for a modern setting, made the bad boy with the heart of gold and his rescuer-slash-romantic interest both teenagers, and decided it actually fitted quite nicely into the series with the punny titles.  Then I sat down and wrote 20000 words.

That’s when I know an idea has the potential to become a story – when I write longhand and fill up an entire 1B5 exercise book.  I have other ideas that might turn into one page, or a few pages, and only occasionally will I write the entire plot almost nonstop.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still very much in the skeletal stages, and since it’s #3 in the series with the punny titles, I have to finish #1 and #2 before it will ever see the light of day, but I’m having a lot of fun writing it.