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Writing Challenge – What if you actually lived for ever?

A lot of people say that they would like to live forever, me included. However, what would this do to a person? In Shadowrun, where some of the characters do live forever (the Harlequin being one), some spend whole centuries as raving lunatics.

What would this do to your humanity? If you knew that everyone around you was going to die and leave you alone how would you cope? Would you remove yourself from real relationships? How would you deal with them getting older whilst you stayed the same? How would they cope? What if you could have children?

Moving on, how would your thought process work? Would you take the long view when it came to plans? Would you start to put things onto motion, tweaking your plans over years, decades, even centuries? Would you use your ability to do good, or use it to destroy?

What would you do for pleasure once you had explored everything you wanted to? Would food cease to give you pleasure, would what is supposed to be a sociable and pleasurable activity become just a way of fuelling yourself? Would everything become boring, to the extent that you might actually want to die?

There are far more things to consider, but as you can see this is a rich environment for an author to explore. Have fun.


About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


2 thoughts on “Writing Challenge – What if you actually lived for ever?

  1. Good post! This is the main theme for my story – someone living forever and everyone around her getting old and dying. I see it as becoming a curse.

    Posted by blondeusk | August 15, 2014, 7:55 pm
    • I must admit that I think it could be both. For a while you’d be revelling in being indestructible, starting tow ork out how you can influence people, buying land in the strangest of places on the assumption that at some point cities will have expanded and will need to build on those spaces, but also trying to deal with the short term aspect of seeing all your friends and loved ones dying (whilst having to remove yourself from their lives much earlier on so that your secret isn’t exposed). I think that would start to take a toll on anyone. But, I’d be willing to give it a go if I could also make my wife and children immortal. We could go mad together.

      Posted by mattsylvester | August 16, 2014, 2:00 pm

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