Here’s a fun thing to do if you’re feeling uncreative.
Pick a panel from a comic book or a few paragraphs in a story or novel. What comes next? Write it out.
I could see a story built on this panel to the right by Steve Ditko about a modern Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character who spends his days acting on reason, truth, and pursuing the good, and his nights in mystic, subjectivist, emotionalist revel that undos much of the good he did in the day.
The interesting thing about our character is that there is nothing physically or psychologically wrong with him that causes him to be this way.
His troubles come from holding mixed philosophical premises that were left unchallenged too long. He is like a man who is run by a computer whose print-outs he cannot read because of the unresolved contradictions in his mind.
And though he frantically wants a better life and has glimpses of it, he is unable to reject the ideas that are the cause of his split personality.
Maybe the panel we have here is a dream sequence — a nightmare where he sees the contradictions on a wall in front of him and panics — and he wakes up sweating in bed, his rational side in control…for now…
What would you write? Try it out for yourself with my image or one of your own.