One of the difficulties I am having is how far should I go before it becomes too fantastic. Next, I need some ideas, if I can, for different abilities that people would find new and interesting and the secondary abilities that could relate to them. Third, I need some ways that could work for suppressing abilities both directly and indirectly by treating them as non-existant. Finaly, I would like to get some thoughts on limitations. I don't know what to make the limiting factors in psychic abilities.
I would appreciate any ideas that might get my thoughts rolling, as I am having a mental block right now.
Any ideas and suggestions are welcome.
Writers block. Sigh....
[This message has been edited by MikeL (edited July 30, 2010).]
I suggest going through and picking your favorites, and building from there with putting your own spin on them.
how far should I go before it becomes too fantastic
If you set up rules in your universe that make it make sense, and you stick to those rules, nothing is too fantastic.
Pick abilities that interest you--flying (telekinetic manipulation of self and immediate surrounding), teleportation, astral projection, aura reading, faith healing, scrying/precognition, or whatever--and then figure out how the people of your world would direct their thoughts, feelings, and inner perception in order to use their abilities.
You know, daydream and brainstorm. And then write down whatever you came up with. You can research and trim ideas later.
KDW, what would you propose? I think I am missing something, because I don't see a challenge except for the one blocking my progress. Could you explain, please?
I have heard mention of string theory for the effects of psychics. So it could be that out minds, if considered a quantum super computer, could set up vibrations that resonate at the quantum level to create the effect that one would desire. The problem with this is that if it is a resonating action then one would have difficulty with the strength of the effect. Maybe it's produced by altering the quantum state and flow. I.E. changing particles to waves and back or even altering the dimension itself to coincide with another.
The problem is that if we are altering matter and energy at it's quantum level then our only limitations would be our lack of control and understanding. Theoretically we could do anything. Even "magic" would be weak in comparison. We could become 'gods'. Maybe I am over thinking all of this, but it does have me in a bit of a quandary.
Maybe I've hit on a good point, maybe the limitation I am looking for is the lack of control and understanding. By george, I think I've got it! I would still need to specify the knowledge part of it. Such as what a person must do to activate a certain ability. Why some hardly have to try and others will struggle in the smallest thing. Also I need to come up with why only one or specific powers seem to manifest in most people.
Now that I have rambled on I think I need to go make some notes. Sorry for the thoughts running through here. Maybe I just need to talk them through.
He looks at several topics, including Teleportation, Telepathy, and Psychokinesis. (also Force Fields, Invisibility, Antimatter and other science fiction staples) He goes over a historical view of the topic, including examples from science fiction, and then gives several ways the topic may be scientifically realized.
It may give you some ideas, or at least jar the block out of the way.
If your world is a sci-fi materialistic type world I suppose you can't go with that though. Are you sure the people of this world actually know how they work?
KJSanders, thanks for the book reference, that may be exactly what I need.
Then they post the first 13 lines in the Writing Challenges area, and exchange the stories, and vote on the 13-line posts as well as the stories.
It's a kind of writing exercise. Your topic title made me think of several different people, each coming up with a different story about sommeone who needs help with their own personal psychic abilities--as opposed to what you mean where you need help with the psychic abilities in your story.
Sorry if I was confusing.
Basically I was saying that your topic title, all by itself, is an idea-generator for story ideas.
Another suggestion is to make up a very good set of rules, even if you never get to expound them all in your text, and stick to them. It helps avoid the dilemma of your readers fealing as if you're just pulling the rabbit out everytime your need to resolve a plot problem. Also properly prepping scenarios, dropping little hints that the reader may only recognize on retrospect can be a good thing.
For example, if you have this rule that before your character devlops a new ability he has a whopper of a migraine. You can prep it so that he has a headache, but he doesn't know what's going to develop before the character gets himself stuck int he sticky situation, so then when he uses that new ability to get himself out of a jam it seems more like a natural development than a rabbit out of a hat trick. -okay lame example, but hopefully you get the idea.
KDW, I like your idea for a writing challenge. I get it now... I have never set one up, do you, or does someone else? Sorry, still too new here.
Thanks everyone I got some good direction. I may even adjust some of my plots because of this.
[This message has been edited by MikeL (edited August 04, 2010).]