Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My Own Crime Prompt

Don't you wish you could get into the heads of all the players in this ongoing saga? Can you imagine what a great study this could be in internal and external conflict, motivation, character? And can you imagine the number of laws, small and not so, that may have been broken? Could you have written and created a story like it? And can you foresee the possible twists that this plot can take before it concludes? (If it ever does, because as we know, real life, unlike fiction, can sometimes have no resolution).

(Of course, this is all strictly from a story standpoint, as every player in this melodrama carries the tale like a soap opera. But underneath it all I recognize there are greater effects beyond just the thrill of watching this story unfurl, effects of heavy consequence that will affect real people.)

Okay, prompt over (with all due respect to Ichi).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great prompt, Kenneth. Certainly corruption is not only a crime in itself -- it also makes other crimes possible, or hampers their solution.

It's the crime that keeps on giving.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

I still think "Bank robbery." :(

8:23 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Ichi. What a sordid affair this all is. I hope the country comes out of it all right. In retrospect, I think I've been hoping since '83. :)

8:24 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Sean. If you think about it, that's what the persons involved allegedly tried to do. :)

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi sean. some of the best crime stories i've read have dealt with the simplest, most mundane things -- a man's irritation over a dog's constant yapping, or a husband's fear that his wife is cheating on him.

to my mind, it's not the scale of the crime that matters as much as the scale of the motive. and who's to say one motive is bigger or more weighty than another? a child steals a piece of bread, a robber hijacks a company payroll, a President cleans out the Central Bank -- all motivated by varying degrees and types of hunger.

so please. write that story -- whatever it is -- because it needs to be written, and above all, because it needs to be read.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

I have nothing against the scale of a crime, mind you. I just find it curious that my perception of "crime" seems to be a lot less complex than that of the prompts floating around. :)

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sean, ika nga ni kenneth, even if it's just a simple cellphone snatching, it's still crime. of course that is also the reason why they are editors and we're the writers. we're the cellphone crime and ms ichi has her trading, insecticide, dr. horror. hehehe.


12:05 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi, Sharmaine. Sorry, I only saw your comment now. You're correct in saying that even cellphone snatching is a crime. Who's to say that a relevant story can't be written around such a rampant event? TY!

7:07 AM  

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