I take inspiration from many things. Usually, it’s during my day job (The odd comment I ‘accidentally’ overhear mostly) or when I’m out running. But mainly it comes from when I’m watching movies. I’ve always enjoyed watching sci-fi and western movies with the occasional monster movie in-between. Like everyone who enjoys films, I have watched plenty of the awesome as well as plenty of the abysmal. But I keep watching them. Even bad movies inspire me with how not to do something.
Like I said, having watched my fair share of monster movies (such as Godzilla, Clash of the Titans, Attack on Titan, and many others) I have always wanted to write a monster story of my own. But, for whatever reason, I have put it off. Until now.
Most recently, I have been focusing on a short story for a competition. I managed to get it finished before the deadline. That story is about two hunters, more concerned with getting plaudits than actually doing their job efficiently, and the giant lizard they are pursuing. When I clicked ‘submit’ and then wondered what to work on next, that lizard started to slither its way through my thoughts. But that lizard kept growing and went from twelve feet long by six feet wide (In the short story) and got a lot bigger. MUCH bigger.
Guess what influenced my story. You’ll never get it.
Anyway, in most of my other stories, I have included demons and dragons but never have I ever written a story with a big monster at its centre. I have my idea, and I’ve started to write. The beast is mid-rampage through Manchester City Centre, and I have one man who wants to get up close and see and another who is too close and has no idea what to do. I have started to write, and the story is moving along well enough. Each man is learning, and each is getting closer to the monster and who they are. However, I am beginning to wonder, should I work on the history of the monster first before starting to write a story about it? As in, should I create a full profile of the monster before I continue?
I know the origin of the monster, and I think I’m going to link it to other attacks from different countries. Or possibly keep it contained to the United Kingdom.
All this leads me to my question, have you written a monster-centric story, and how did you go about preparing for it?
Thank you and have a good day.
8 thoughts on “Some Kind of Monster. This monster lives.”
While this is new territory for me, I like the idea of expanding encounters to beyond just the UK. Even if the central story stays in the UK, it would be nice as an exploratory measure to find these other events that have happened or are currently happening.
I have been thinking more about how to explain that these attacks have happened before either in the UK or worldwide. I know how the monster appears and one of my main characters is starting to realise the monster might not be attacking at random. There is a method to the monsters madness.
Ooh very interesting. I look forward to hearing more about it.
Thank you. I’m writing it as a short story at this point so I’m hoping to get the first draft finished soon.
I look forward to reading it once it’s ready. 😊
Hello there, just pausing by to wish you good tidings in the coming year..:)
Hello, thank you. And the same to you. Hope 2020 brings good things for you.