Last post, I mentioned that the New Year began in the middle of the week. Naturally (or unnaturally), that got my gears spinning about what to do for Triple F.
Here’s your prompt for Fabulous Fiction Friday:
Your character lives in a world where the year always switches in the middle of the week.
That’s it. On to the fun.
We’ve got three parts here (character, setting, plot). Only a teeny bit of a setting and barely a piece of plot is suggested.
All right, character first. Who is this? Male, female? A bird? A robot? A three-headed, three-handed alien valet? (Sounds like a cool character—I’ve written him/her down for later). More importantly, what does having the year switch mid-week mean for this character? Loss of work? Busy season? Slow season? Change of season?
Now, the setting. Notice I didn’t say how long the year was. What if there are 35 hours in a day, in this world? Or if the year switches once per week, instead of every 52 weeks like it does on our planet? What if we’re on Jupiter, and a year has 6, 8, or 10 times as many weeks to it?
And then we’re on to plot (oops—we already started when I mentioned the mid-week switch and how it could impact the character). What if Elsie the three-headed, three-handed valet hates the mid-week year switch, because it makes her schedule so nuts? Does she move off-planet? Does she quit her job? How well is she paid as a valet?
Is everybody rich? Does she get a house rent-free as part of her duties to an intergalactic consortium, to park and look after every craft they own? If she quits, does she lose her house? Does she care? How expensive IS housing/apartments/dwelling pods in this society anyway?
All right, now build a world so that the characters (and your readers) think these changes from life on Earth are perfectly normal (which is why I might have to do another post on how to construct a setting. The last one barely scratched the surface, and I tried to do the best I could with it).
And you don’t have to mess with all of these details at once to come up with a good fiction story (unless you want to).
We have the first weekend of 2015 coming up. All right! Make it a great one, with good memories.
Until next time,