Looking for free ideas. Anyone got any?
I need some inspiration. I need to write a BRILLIANT short story on the theme of freedom, but I keep running up against some persistent problems:
1. I slide into metaphor before I mean to. As soon as some character or other is physically trapped, they are immediately also metaphorically enslaved. I can’t break out of this 😉
2. All stories about freedom become bleak and dystopic when the freed character only then sees that they are not free AGAIN, only in a whole new and even more profound way. (“The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake” and all that).
3. The story threatens to end up like a cheesy evangelistic tract. And that’s a whole other genre.
4. I end up in a loop of free will versus determinism that your average reader doesn’t want to face when trying to enjoy a story.
5. The “freedom to say 2+2=4” may be a pithy definition of freedom, but it’s not much of a story, unless you are Orwell.
6. Freedom ends up being equated with a character “discovering themselves” – their true identity. But, that’s not really freedom. It’s identity.
So, I was thinking of trying to find a light-hearted angle on freedom, or a new random angle on freedom. Or the freedom to write a de-constructed narrative with words in a table of word classes where the reader is free to make up their own narrative from the bare bones of a story. (This is the post-post-modern “way forward” but I think the world isn’t ready for this yet…) Or I should claim freedom to write NOT on freedom?…
But I want to.
Any ideas you’re willing to share, you are FREE to comment below.
But only if your ideas are FREE.