I have five different story ideas and I need help with choosing which one to work on, I'll give you the main character's name and a basic idea of the plot and you could vote
Jin Chensi - Chensi Jin is a nineteen year old girl who runs from her small town when her parents have a boy and want to keep him and have to get rid of her to do that. Jin runs to until she caught on the border of Tibet and brought Kongqi by a group of nomadic beggars. Jin begs by singing mantras and selling flowers. She lives like this for months until she is attack by the leader of the nomads who wants more money than she’s giving him and she’s saved by a buddhist monk, Laoshi, and his fiance a girl from town, Zhu Kun. Laoshi invites her to come and stay at the temple with his family and others Laoshi and his father had saved, Puji, Chuju, Xintu, Yanjuan & Ren. The more time Jin spends at the temple the more she falls in love with it’s beauty, Buddhism’s kindness and Laoshi himself
Vera Tandova - In 1854 three Russian brothers, Ivan, Alexander & Dimitri, were sent of to the Crimea to fight for the Czar, a year later only one survives. Vera Tandova, their youngest sister sets out alone to find the survivor and bring him home. But when saving her brother means siding with the enemy will she be able to swallow her pride and save her brother.
Georgiana Moran - 1904 Georgiana Moran with thousands of other Britons is in morning of London's first superhero, Sherlock Holmes. Most are simply fans, holmesians as they call themselves, but Miss Moran is an acolyte studying his methods and going into buisness on her own with a hijacked Dr. Watson in her friend Eliza Jordan. She takes on small cases, building up experience, until Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's daughter is kidnapped and Miss Moran offer to safe her in return for Sherlock rising from the Falls.
Anna Healy - Anna Healy and Kellan Johnson were born army brats, Anna's father disapered in Vietnam months before she was born and is raised by her mother until she was sent to Korea when Anna was three and she changed hands again. Kellan and his sister Jocasta were the children of marine raised to be marines. The story follows Anna and Kellan's life and struggles through war, loss and adjustment to peace.
Ivy McMurray - Miss Ivy McMurray was just about to close up shop when in from the dark Chicago streets walked the strangest man she had ever met with the oddest question on his lips, what's the date. With him she goes on a series of time traveling adventures.
They all sound good, but it looks like the first one is the most developed. Out of all of them, I think I like the first two better. Good luck!
I like them all, really. I think you should work on each one a little bit individually, then focus one the one you had more ideas for, putting the others aside until you can add more to them. Good luck!
I like the Georgiana Moran one the best and find it the most interesting. But that's just my opinion. I agree that the first one seems the most developed, but that doesn't seem a problem; if you want to focus on another you just have a bit more to write. They all look very good, but if I saw the five of them lined up on a shelf at Chapters and read the blurbs on the backs, the third one is the one I would pick up and read.
I really like #2, though it doesn't feel fleshed out yet.
#1 suffers from a fatal logical flaw, right at the beginning-- if a family were to have a second child in modern China, they would simply pay a fine. A son after a daughter is especially 'nudge nudge wink wink.' if this is set farther back in time, her parents would simply have married her off, not thrown her out.
The army brats story seemed the least interesting.
I really liked the Georgians Moran idea-- very original. Not sure wha the hijacked Dr Watson meant-- is he a real person in this universe?
Ivy McMurray seemed the least developed. Your synopsis said, essentially, 'I will write a time travel story.'
1. It's much more fleshed out then the synopsis makes it sound
Originally Posted by blade
2. Hush, artistic license, but do you have any ideas of how she could be forced out of her home, it could happen anywhere that is vaguely near Tibet. One-child policy was just the first thing to come to mind.
3. Georgie forced her friend Eliza into being her Dr. Watson figure, even though Eliza thinks it's a horrible idea
4. Pretty much the basic idea, but time travel is very fun
I actually like the Ivy McMurray idea best. Although it needs some developing, I would say this is the one I would like to read.
You have some great ideas and it seems like you write quasi-seriously, so I hope you don't mind my being editorial. I think the job of a good editor is to tear everything to pieces, to poke as many holes into the plot as possible, and see what stands up. You as the writer do a patch job. Usually the end result is far better. You have to decide which criticisms / verisimilitude concerns you want to address, and which you want to brush over with the "artistic license" carte blanche. I think it should be saved as a weapon of last resort.
Do you want this story set in present-day China or a bit farther back? As far as a plot device, you could set it in the period of the Cultural Revolution, and make her part of a family of poor villagers who are displaced for one of Mao's great projects (i.e. flooding their valley via a new dam). Her parents drown, or she's separated, and she has to make her own way in a cruel, starving, militaristic China.
Or, she could be mobilized from her village for one of the innumerable civil defense projects, and revolts against the cruelty/ideology of the project, and has to disappear (a great number of atrocities were committed in or near Tibet, so that could get her out there).
Or, she-- like every other romantic heroine-- flees an arranged marriage to a cruel husband.
Or, in modern China, she makes her way overland to the South in order to seek employment in a FoxComm-style factory. She either doesn't make it (joins up with her nomads, though there aren't many bands of nomads in modern China) or does, rebels against the harsh treatment and poor conditions, and tries her luck in the West.
Since this is nameberry, I think your Chinese names could use a bit of tweaking. What language will your characters speak? Tibetan and Mandarin/Cantonese are not at all related and are not mutually intelligible, though Tibetans are forced to learn Mandarin in school. Breaking it down:
Jin Chensi: your main character has a largely Korean name, Jin. Jin is used in China as a GIVEN name, not a surname, but it's much more heavily used in Korea [as a boy's name!]-- you could try Jiang, or Yin, instead.
Puji, Chuju, Xintu, Yanjuan & Ren:
None of these ring authentic. Ren is a relatively common surname, not a first name (though it's a boy's name in Japan).
Unlike in the West, there are really and truly very few Chinese surnames in circulation. More than half the population has a Top 10 surname. Here's a good site to get your surnames:
Boy's names from historic China:
I'm not going to be a great deal of help on first names. Most websites you'll google list only single characters, where as you know given names are two characters (nearly always). Here's one website with a relatively small collection of true "double-barrelled" names:
Just a few small notes:
Alexander in Russia is generally spelled Aleksandr http://www.behindthename.com/name/aleksandr if you are looking for accuracy.
I am almost sure I have either read a book, or seen a movie that starts out exactly how that Ivy McMurray one sounds, I can picture it and everything. Maybe look into that???
Out of all of them, the Jin Chensi one would be the most like one I would actually read, but as Blade pointed out, it will need a lot of accurate research to work. Try reading some books by Lisa See too, her historical fiction is generally based in China and I adore it.
I love the story behind Vera Tandova, so that gets my vote. The other three are intersting, but they don't arouse my interest like option number 2.