Here’s a summary for a project I’m working on, meant to be an indefinite story without a clear ending and to evolve over time, but for the purposes of this exercise, I’ll give it an ending.
Usually when I pitch ideas or examples, everyone is welcome to use them to write any story they like with them. In this case, you can take my idea if you like (because ideas aren’t protected by copyright) but just know I’m writing this story too, so you’re up against me in the future…
Keo Grey is sent into temporary government exile on Sunshine Island after he accidentally uses his psychic powers in public trying to save people he felt were at risk of getting hurt. Already bored with life in general, he sees the island as purgatory.
Once there, he encounters Shuri, a normal woman who witnessed a psychic event and is in temporary holding on the island while they wait to wipe her memory. She’s aloof and carefree, fascinated by the hidden world of psychics and excited by everything. Keo falls for her immediately, and his life is suddenly filled with the satisfaction of love.
The pair begin to spend time together, but Keo is concerned Shuri feels nothing for him as a person, and instead sees him more like an intriguing object. He needs to convince her that he’s more than just a psychic, but he realizes he doesn’t really have anything to fall back on from his prior, boring life.
His problems exacerbate when he encounters other psychics, who treat the island as their one chance to go wild and freely use abilities, forcing him into several fights that pull him away from his quest to find a meaningful inner life.
It becomes clear quickly that Keo is one of the most powerful psychics on the island, and has little difficulty knocking away most challenges. This leads him to multiple encounters with Rito, a powerful psychic in permanent exile. Rito also grew bored with his life and blames it on non-psychics. He determines that Keo could help him form a psychic uprising, though he needs to remove Shuri, who is holding Keo back.
While staving off threats to his life and Shuri’s, Keo starts to recognize his life was boring because he was disconnecting from people, and his desire to connect with others and worry about their safety is his rich life. He wants to help other people and keep them safe. Shuri, meanwhile, sees the constant struggles Keo endures as a function of having his psychic powers. She starts to click that she is also pushing people away by not treating them as people but just as fascinations.
Keo tries to convince Rito he’s found his purpose and Rito should too, which Rito continues to take as Shuri’s fault, and Rito kidnaps Shuri, using his abilities to wipe her memory before handing her off to the government to go back. Keo defeats Rito, but is left frustrated at losing Shuri as they were finally connecting. He is released back into the world now that the government cleaned up the evidence, and he determines to help others, starting with Shuri, and sets out to find her.
Let’s breakdown how this summary is meant to work (and you can feel free to critique too, I’m not perfect, it’s much easier to know what is right in theory than to execute it). Most of the pieces I commonly talk about here are in there.