March 8, 2014
A plot in which the central conflict is the devaluing of currency and the implications it has on the economy.
And hey, it’s been done (though not often), and it can be interesting.
March 7, 2014
A legal profession in which people are paid to do potentially fatal things for other people’s entertainment. If they die, the money goes to their families, or failing that, charity.
March 6, 2014
A species that only needs an hour of sleep to operate at peak condition. Make it a predatory species as well.
March 5, 2014
A work culture in which employees work 15-hour shifts for 75-hour weeks exists on one side of a wall, and on the other side, employees work four-hour shifts for a 20-hour week.
March 4, 2014
A culture that considers it rude to look at things and perceive them in public. Therefore, people walk around with blindfolds and rely on their hearing and touch to get around.
March 3, 2014
A governmental system wherein there are always a certain number of people from every age group in power, anywhere from 14 to 80. So there’d be five adolescents, five young adults, five adults, five middle-aged folks, and so on, all for the sake of diverse perspectives on any given topic.
March 2, 2014
Invent a language containing only one vowel.
March 1, 2014
During many stories, the hero and his party meet a bunch of tribal people who do weird rituals and barely speak aside from grunts and gestures. Write a story following these tribal folks, but with the twist that they’re actually pretty intelligent people who just pretend to be simple because the hero expects them to be.
February 28, 2014
Some stories use a time-skip to go from one point to another where something interesting happens a few years in the future. Write what happens during one of these time-skips.
February 27, 2014
Write a society in which citizens explicitly reject the notion of science and advanced mathematics in favor of listening to a fortune teller who does all the thinking for them.