This week’s Microcosms took inspiration for their prompt elements from the 1997 movie Titanic – with a few odd prompts thrown in for good measure. I used the three elements they’d got on their first spin which were
genre: steam punk
Using these three I came up with my tale Checkmate. As you’ve probably already guessed chess does play a part. You’ll be able to read the story below, along with my thoughts about how I wrote the story.
Checkmate didn’t really exist until I came across the photo of the steam punk chess set above. With the idea of chess in my head I started to write even though my plot and setting changed a few times. My two characters always stayed the same though as they are based on Patrick Stewart‘s and Ian McKellen‘s performances as Professor Charles Xavier and Erik ‘Magneto’ Lensherr in the X-men films. They are commanding performances as you can see from these clips created by Rocky64
As you’ll notice however, Erik’s name got dropped from the story when I changed the point of view to first person.
The plot itself was always about the Charles character turning the table at the last-minute to win. At first this was about him reclaiming his lost millions however that was too complicated a story to tell in so few words. When I started to think about how Charles has lost his money the idea of the failed revolution took hold and the story changed to him be him winning his revolution instead. Something much more suitable when most of the action is a chess match – even if only two moves are described.
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