- Leftover inconveniences (braces, casts, etc.)
- Renewable energy
- Creative attempts at fuel
- Increased infant mortality
- Change in hierarchy (laborers more important than white-collar workers, etc.)
- New governmental structures
- Mercenary groups
- Formation of new states
- Formation of non-state groups
- Regrowth of land
- Lack of food security
- Reduction in gun usage (as ammunition runs out)
- Decrease in age of pregnancy and/or marriage (as life expectancy decreases)
- Direct effects of the apocalyptic event
- Increased multi-generational homes (as building houses becomes difficult again)
- Increased multi-family homes
- Attempts at sophisticated surgery with rudimentary tools
- Reduction in birth control
- General reduction in technology that requires sophisticated manufacturing
- Simple food
- Handmade clothing
- Clothing from animal products
- Houses built for natural lighting
- Attempted—and failed—swift adjustments to lack of technology
- Changes in views of morality
- Different types of law enforcement
- Changes in religion
- Attempted attachment to old societies
- Deliberate breakaways from old societies
- Attempts to cling on to old ideas of beauty despite changes in available beauty products
- Reduction in hygiene
- Increase in water-borne illnesses and parasites
- Lack of clean water
- Reduction in luxury goods
- Increase in homelessness
- Lack of communication capabilities
- Return to radio
- Lack of light pollution
- Attempted school systems
- Return to apprenticeship-style teaching
- Return to agricultural-style living
- Dealing with environmental fallout from apocalyptic event
- Dealing with environmental fallout from previous generations
We’ve all been there. You’ve gone through Freshman Orientation, bonded with your dorm, combed through the Course Directory to select the most interesting classes you could find, and even figured out how to use the library database. But now it’s your first paper, and your teacher seems kind if a bit intimidating. You haven’t yet felt comfortable raising your hand in class, but you want to blow the…
Well, even if you haven’t done the things you’re writing about, other people out there have. It’s all about research… which can seem like a bit of a slog and really, really boring, but there’s more to research than hitting the text books…!
I’m assuming you like music to be writing about a rock singer. Pick out some of your favourite bands and see if you can get a hold of any of their tour DVDs. That’s like a backstage pass right from your living room. It also helps to read biographies/autobiographies which give you a taste of the rock star life, as well as the kind of things that can realistically happen during a gig (both on and behind the stage).
Things to keep in mind:
- Famous singers travel around a lot. Tours can last months and sometimes years, so if he’s world-famous (as opposed to locally famous), then it’s likely your rock singer will be bouncing from country-to-country with his band to promote his music and give something back to the fans.
- When the band isn’t touring, they’ll be creating music. Recording and creative sessions can happen pretty much anytime, anywhere. Depending on the kind of sound they want for their tracks, they might have to go for more unconventional recording methods (such as the Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light  being recorded old-school with analog equipment in Dave Grohl’s garage).
- Fame is unforgiving. If your rock singer has hit the big-time, then he won’t be able to move without somebody seeing it. The media has a lot of fun with famous people and the rumours that come to surround them. Fame also brings with it a whole host of unusual, passionate and sometimes down-right bizarre fans. Potentially, there are a lot of conflicts that could get between him and the girl he’s in love with.
Now you just need to look for more detailed information. You can start by checking out some of the resources below, but always seek to go beyond what the internet can offer you…!
- Foo Fighters, Back and Forth (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six & Part Seven) [Alternatively, support the official release by purchasing the DVD)
- Paramore, 40 Days of RIOT! (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four & Part Five)
- Metallica Documentary
- Monsters of Rock
- Slipknot: All Hope Is Gone, The Making Of
Basically, just type your favourite band(s) into Google and add ‘documentary’ on the end to find similar kinds of videos…
I hope this helps you out a little bit, Anon…
Best of luck!
It all depends on how much detail you write for whatever you’re describing. With YA, less detail allows you to get away with a lot more. I’ve read some pretty gruesome scenes in YA books that don’t hold back on what the POV character sees, smells, or feels and there are plenty of YA books that handle serious or dark topics and the realities of those topics.
So, it all comes down to what happens and how you describe it. I can’t really tell you what the line is or what the correct balance is because it depends on your individual story. You can get a better opinion through beta readers that are familiar with the darker side of YA.
I answered a similar question on portal fantasy beginnings here.
No momentum today?
Set a timer. Write as much as you can in 15 seconds. Nonsense sentences, overheard conversations, it doesn’t matter. Go off with thunder and lighting for just 15 seconds. Set a goal, like filling an entire page or race against yourself for word number count.
Chances are, you’ll want to keep writing longer than that once you’ve found something that strikes your interest. (Hope you appreciate the bonus pun.)
Silent Hill anon again, realizing more detail might be of use, lol. Specifically, I have a haunted amusement park, with particular significance to the carousel and one of the roller coasters. As far as the haunting is concerned, it’s not quite a literal hell hole, as I understand Silent Hill to be. Mine is pretty basic, actually; there was a murder, followed by a ghostly revenge, and the park is haunted by both spirits.
Haunted amusement parks and amusement parks used as a place for horrific, hellish, paranormal, or supernatural events is not specific to Silent Hill. It’s pretty common in fiction and in urban legends. No one is going to immediately think of Silent Hill unless Silent Hill is the only amusement park of doom they’re aware of or if you has something super specific that is the exact same. You shouldn’t worry too much about it.
See How Do I Make This Different for tips if you’re worried about the similarities.