WRITER’S BLOCK SUCKS.
I had a lot of free time today and the NWN forums are only interesting for so long, so I started brainstorming ideas for the uberplot of the second Penultima series. And since my brain tends to get locked in obsessive/compulsive loops, I couldn’t stop thinking about it — despite having no ideas beyond a GREAT beginning.
It took something as strong as Otakon to break my manic work obsession on Penultima (as in, “Working for hours and hours every day and letting it occupy my thoughts endlessly”). So needless to say, I’ve been pondering the P2 plot for the last, oh, twelve hours. And getting nowhere, since every plot I can think of feels so… standard. Plain. A lot like these, in fact. A sample:
A demon king vs. a paladin king, where evil’s not the real bad guy? No, the stock good/evil role reversal has been done already. Defeating members of a wacky gang of supervillian type bandits! No, feels like the last arc of Trigun. Collecting a bunch of wild manifestations of various concepts? Hello, Slayers Chaos, Sandman, whatever? Collecting parts of a thing an evil wizard wants? Why? What does a story like that SAY about anything? Should I focus on meaning and theme or just wackiness? If it’s just silly, what’s the point? If I focus too hard on the Grand Important Theme, is it boring or preachy? What theme will work? I already did chaos as a not-too-bad-thing, sort of. What now? How does your character fit in and still be effective instead of being a bumbling prat like he is in the first campaign? Should I work in a romance? How the heck would that work, codewise? ETC ETC ETC ETC
Okay, imagine a running stream like that for twelve hours. Oooh, my head. Having a mediocre Smackdown tonight to watch with friends who were either injured, drugged or depressed didn’t help. (No slight on them at all, stuff happens, just that the mood wasn’t aiding my problem either.) So basically I had a day of zero productivity, where I wandered from pointless activity to pointless activity until bed. Bleeeh. Maybe tomorrow will suck less. I just need that One Golden Idea…