I'm thinking about trying to write a short story just to get back into the habit of actually...uh...writing stuff. Ultimately, I'd like to finish There's No Crying in the War Room, but it feels a little daunting at the moment. Maybe a short story is the thing to get the juices flowing again.
Anyway, I kind of want to do a SciFi piece based on a reworked version of what I tried writing for NanoWriMo in 2008. I sort of wrote myself into a corner on that one and then got too busy to finish it, but the idea wasn't bad.
Here's the thing. In it, I cast the protagonist as a young female officer, fresh out of the Academy and on her first posting. The ship was attacked and the few survivors were captured, our protagonist being the ranking officer by virtue of being the only surviving officer. I liked the opportunity to write about someone who lacked experience (and knew it) having to take responsibility for everyone else.
But I also feel like maybe that character has been done before (and before and before and before). So I've been thinking about recasting the lead role before starting it again. Here's what I'm thinking might make for something a little more original.
I'm thinking the lead character (male or female...doesn't really matter), should be a maverick...freshly promoted from the ranks and fresh out of Officers Training School. The fact of his (or her) promotion will telegraph his or her experience and competence, but then there's always the issue of this person's...uh diplomatic skills? Put another way, when you come out of OTS, you're now considered and Officer and a Gentleman. Maybe our hero lacks somewhat on the gentleman side of things. Maybe there's another higher ranked officer involved in the story...one who maybe isn't as experienced or competent (regardless of what rank says)?
So people. Any thoughts?
BTW, if our lead is a woman she can have one of these nifty retro uniforms. :D