Good Idea for a Novel?

United States
June 18, 2008 2:49pm CST
Even though it's kind of too late for me to be thinking about whether or not it's actually a good enough idea to write as a novel, I'd like to know what everyone thinks of this idea. It's basically about a professional baseball player who is a serial killer, in the first chapter he gets acidentally hit by a car and dies, and then it backtracks to how his parents met, and then eventually catches up to him at moments in his life, some of them when he was younger and some when he is older. The baseball player is the main focus of the novel really, it's all about him, he never gets caught, and it shows how his mind works and what is going on in his head. If you have any suggestions please let me know...
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6 responses
• United States
18 Jun 08
Ah, a sociaopath who hits balls for a living. Sounds interesting to me. I think you should write it. Remember, this story is for you. You've got to write a book that you'd want to read. I find that if I do it that way, others tend to get into it a whole lot more than if I just wrote for people and have no clue how I go about it. If I ask what I would like to read, it helps me to actually write it.
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• United States
18 Jun 08
yeah its definitely something I wanted to write, and sort of something I had to write in order to remember someone that I thought I would never see again, but he came back...
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• United States
18 Jun 08
Than write it and have fun with it. Get down and dirty and evil. Have no qualms! take no prisoners!
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@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Sounds like a great idea for a novel! I currently only write short stories but have been thinking of trying my hand at a novel. :)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Thank you so much for thinking so...when I tell people there just like..."Well that's different."
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• United States
18 Jun 08
I rather write a novel than a short story. Though, if I have no idea what is going on, I do short scenes to figure it all out.
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• United States
18 Jun 08
And then they immediately ask if he kills people with a baseball bat :(
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• Guatemala
20 Jun 08
I like the idea basically. I think the whole serial killer thing and the story jumping to parts of his family and his life to sort of explain and take us into the characters mind is a great idea. I think that if you like it and if you really use some great techniches and writting it could be a great book. I might read it. The only thing I have to be honest about is the whole baseball thing. I think that it's okay because it's far fetched and original but I don't think that a serial killer's profile can be comparable to a professional baseball player's. It's just not compatible. It sounds weird. But hey, maybe you're a terrific writer and you'll make it work. I hope you do, because if you can pull it off, it'll be a great science fiction/psychological book.
• United States
20 Jun 08
The baseball thing didn't surprise me, really. My best friend is doing something like this. I won't give details, but she did something different there as well. Once again, I won't say what she did, however, the profession of her SK is the normal sort, Doctor/psychologist. Actually, if anyone watches those cop shows on A&E and TruTV (Court TV) -- you'll see that serial killers can come in any shape or size. The usual are the people you would never suspect as the killer.
• United States
19 Jun 08
Just so I'm understanding this...the story starts at the end right? It starts with him dying, and then it goes backwards and shows his life as a baseball player/serial killer? I think that is defeniatly a scenrio. I don't remember it ever being done before. Is his weapon of choice a bat? =P lol
• United States
20 Jun 08
He has to have a girl friend/wife that has know idea what he is up to. She just thinks he is a good ball player.
@jkg0679 (31)
• United States
18 Jun 08
It sounds very interesting. Already I am wondering if he regrets anything and wanting to read it myself! I say if you want to write it, have a go at it!