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Plot Halted?

I have hit a tough spot in my story and have thought of a way to work around it and keep it incorporated. I would just like some feedback before I write the pieces to connect it.

I only have two main characters and one enemy who recently showed her/itself to me. My main characters, as it stands right now, are dead. One of them was killed by a nano-built android, who has been shaping up to be the main enemy. The other was shot and killed point blank with a particle rifle. This leaves me with no 'good' characters left.

At this point in the story an 'extermination squad' has come down before the invasion and has been hunting my main characters with no known reason why. Since they are dead, and the squad hasn't found them, I was thinking of having the story follow the squad leader until I find a way to introduce another 'good' character (or perhaps he will become a good one later on?). I know that leapfrogging characters like this makes it real hard for keeping the story straight.

There is another possibility that I can run with, and it is that my main character really didn't die (the one who was killed by the android), but had instead thought it up and convinced himself he had really died. He is mentally unstable and there is no real clear distinguishing factors between his 'real life living' and the one where he is trapped in inpenetrable darkness.

Of course, I could also harness both for something entirely different. Which way do you think would be most interesting? I'm only asking purely for input, and by the time I come back and read here, I may have already found out how to work through this.

Thank you for your time!


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Nov. 7th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
Intriguing story line. My only suggestion from my own experience is to stick with characters you really enjoy writing. So if your dead character really calls to you and you want to incorporate a way to bring him back in, go for it! There's really no 'wrong answer' here since...you're God of your novel. Raising the dead is like a routine thing for us novel-gods. Or snapping our fingers and creating a brand new character to toy with. Definitely post which one you settle on, I liked both ideas.
Nov. 7th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
Well, he's not "dead" per se, other than what he thinks of himself. I am going to use the mentally unstable part to bring him back, but not for a while yet. The squad leader guy is demanding a little time to be in the spotlight, and I see it as a good way to advance a different part of the story. So I believe that I am mixing both of them to a degree as well as adding another element to it.
Nov. 8th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Well, my main character is a good guy or bad guy depending on who is looking at him.

I like the unstable character thinking he is dead. He could attempt some really awesome/stupid things, that might succeed, which he would never try if "alive."
Nov. 8th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
He is a good guy or bad guy depending on who is looking at him as well.

There are some awkward things that happen (imagine your dreaming and say something you really wouldn't, only to find out you're wide awake), as well as some neat things that I have in mind, depending on how he realizes himself and comes 'back' to life.
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