Need New Ideas for Stories

I’m writing short stories, as advised by some people at the Gateway Con who thought I’d written enough novels for now. The three short stories I have written (as opposed to the flash fiction or short essays) are from the Prodigies/Archetype universe*: “Tanabata”, “Hands”, and “Runesansu”. You can find them in these pages if you want a read. 

I want to branch out on my writing — stay within the science fiction/fantasy, I think, except that there are certain topics I would like to stay away from:
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Alpha-freaking-male ANYTHING
  • Unbridled gore
  • Gratuitous sex
  • In-jokes **
  • The Adventures of Gary Stu
  • Fan Fic ***
This either means that I have to do new world-building or write short stories that don’t require world-building. I’ve been tempted to do new world-building because I haven’t done that for a while. I miss that immersive experience of creativity.

So if you have any inspirations …


* One character connects the two sets of stories
**(see Ready Player One if you don’t know what I’m talking about)
*** I have nothing against fanfic; I just don’t write it.

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