I've used this technique myself in For Whom the Bell Tolls (Metallica) and Beneath the Willow (Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss). It is a top notch way to come up with new and innovative ideas. I've followed a link Moon sent me and wrote up an entire scenario, or string of scenarios from Metallica: Metallica.
End of the Road: (Inspired by They Might Be Giant's "End of the Tour")
Not three miles off the great rock coast lies an unexplained phenomena. Known as "The end of the road," it has become a site of great interest and fear in recent years. The title is somewhat of a misnomer, as no one can really tell whether the road is beggining or ending, instead being a mysterious, five meter long section of cobbled road, complete with the wear of carrige wheels. Many claim to have seen missing sections of road of about the same size elsewhere, and some even go as far as saying they have seen carriges along the road, then drop off passengers, though all reports remain uncomfirmed. The onlything known is that the road suddenly appeared there overnight, roughly three years ago. The one man known to be walking in the area, and therefore a possible witness of the events, has gone missing, many claim he drives an infernal carrige across the road on the anniversary of it's birth.
(Seeing as how this is a scroll I'm not going to go into "The truth," I'll leave that up to you) Go to Comment
Hehehe... songs are where 99% of my inspiration comes from, and many of my subs here are based off of them. My best example would have to be Blind Mary, who practically wrote herself after listening to the Gnarls Barkley song of the same name. Music is a wonderful muse to those who pick up on it. Go to Comment
I would definitely suggest changing this to a codex, so that we can see the expanded descriptions of all the linked submissions in one place. Will definitely consider adding to this when the muse strikes me. Go to Comment
Chicken city. I find that those cities that have a single, well defined and memorable theme are my favorite. You can adventure around and see many places but you usually always remember them by one fact. This one will be the chickens and everytime you think of it you can't help but smile.
Inevitable and obvious. Equate no chickens to America's prohibition and you see what I immediately thought of. Imagine the underground network of illegal chicken trade and cooking. Speak-easies for eating chicken. Illegal trade routes to the sister city. Because you KNOW the rival city could charge premium for Powlgraff chicken. It would be an ultimate insult yet couldn't be proven. So Powlgraff now starts marking their chickens in some way so they know if it is their chickens that are being eaten and can punish those accordingly. But what the markings actually do is raise the blackmarket price even higher since now you can prove you are buying Powlgraff poultry. Go to Comment
Wow. Just... wow. I like this; the image of a city being overrun by poultry is just priceless. I'd imagine that the Duke and Duchess don't go to the capital much; this sort of thing probably makes them the laughingstock of the region. Particularly in Vandergraff.
... Additionally, now I'm having flashbacks to Legend of Zelda. Go to Comment
I like this submission better than its linked twin. While the other is more artistic in its delivery, this one shows more thought and more detail. I am not always fond of the travel diary type of story/ submission, but this one works for me.
The city is just odd enough to feel real. You could see some quirkly law being enforced in the real world, thus making this one seem more real. I like the cultural ramifications here. I like all the extra little details, plus the dramatic potential. In short, two paws and a tail up. Go to Comment