Writing plot seeds is tricky. It’s easy to let yourself become repetitive. I find myself writing and rewriting them to stand out as unique. That’s why I so easily stalled on Plot-Seed-a-palooza. I do mean to get back to that someday.
In the meantime, enjoy revisiting some previously published plot seeds.
- Beastmen of the North Country lurk in the dark, silent woods.
- The Ghost Writer finds herself compelled to fulfill the authorial aspirations of the long-departed.
- Lincoln’s Blood proves a turning point for secret histories and wars.
- The Roxbury House is a spooky old house inspired by pictures taken by a friend of mine.
- Slayers and ‘Busters brings together two monster-hunting franchises to amuse the spectator in the incongruities and similarities.
- Something in Lake Champlain Uses Bio-Sonar is a highly suggestive thought about the sort of marine life lurking at the edges of human activity.
- Starless takes the contracting universe seen at the end of season five of Doctor Who and adds archaeologists of true history to the mix.
- This Man draws on an urban legend to create an ally or antagonist based in the dream world.
- Turn Me On, Dead Man presents an alternate history in which the star-crossed fates of two Beatles puts the world in jeopardy.
- The Voynich Manuscript is one of those archetypal plot seeds that everyone takes a stab at.