I wrote this mail to Chandrachoodan in Dec 2011. An idea for a story which I had in mind, but couldn't write. Thought will post it here for posterity.
C,Guess I wasn't clear on what I intended. It will NOT be a parody of social media players. What I have in mind is far more cynical, sort of cross between 1984 and Catch 22.
Chapter 1 - Introducing the cyber stalker - a grade 4 officer in Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, in charge of collecting defacement statistics of Indian Websites. Real job is to snoop around Twitter / Facebook to find any activity that is detrimental to my boss, the Minister of IT and his boss, the prime minister.
Chapter 2 - Minister of IT calls me to flush out the cabal that is leaking out information about the lesbian tendencies of the PMs daughter. Cyber stalker informs that it is a fact, that he himself has seen her in Lesbian sites. Minister says that it is an open secret, but it shouldn't be on the net.
Chapter 3 - Stalker infiltrates groups and finds out that it is a group of ultra national capitalists that is putting up these messages about The PMs daughter. Their reason, they want to discredit her as heir apparent
Chapter 4 - Stalker presents stuff to minister - and suggests a law to remove derogatory stuff from internet. Minister says public might object. Stalker proposes that it may be made to look like a law to protect religion from sacrilege. Minister asks stalker to create sacrilegious content and spread it across the web, so govt can step in.
Chapter 5 - Law is proposed, and social media erupts. Minister is worried. Stalker says that the govt can induce social media experts to support the law, provided they too get a piece of the cake.
C thought that it lacked something. His exact words wereThe problem is I know how the book should be, but I can't write itWhat you think
I like it. But not 100%. Something that I can't put a finger on keeps me from buying the crisis completely.
And what is the motivation for this cyber stalker: if the story is about him, what are his motives, his conflict and the final resolution?
If you can answer that question, I think the book will work.
People don't need motives in daily life. The big motive is survival/sex. But for a story - a dramatic arc - you need a motive right?