To start at the beginning.. I've mentioned before that I've considered writing as a career. It's creative and it doesn't require a daily commute. Well, some sorts of writing do, and some even require travel across the country, but I'm not sure that I'd be entirely opposed to traveling the country. Anyways, that's a tangent. The thing is, I occasionally think about a story that I could write as a novel. However, as they say, there's nothing new under the sun. I'd like to write something stunningly original and be seen as a visionary, but when it comes right down to it, I usually start by thinking "hey, this idea went this way, but what if it had happened this way instead..."
So that leads me to The One. I was considering how, as each copy of Jet Li was killed, somehow the remaining ones became more powerful. I figured, maybe the fact that atoms are 99% empty space is because they are really far more solid, but are spread out over various dimensions. As each Jet Li gets killed, he's causing the other Jet Li's to become more atomically dense, making them more powerful in various ways. I'm not sure if there was a specific reason cited in the movie, but it seemed like an angle that I could use for a story.
For instance: a person is somehow being condensed down from their splintered dimensional selves into one dimension. Since air is very un-dense and water is only sort of dense and solids are very dense, a person who has more dimensional density might be able to pass through solids like they were liquid or even air. This could make for some interesting abilities, but it also has some fairly strong flaws. First of all, would such a dense person start generating their own gravity field? How would they wear clothes, since clothes would probably be about as dense as mist? If the Earth's gravity field was strong enough it might just suck them down into the planetary core, so how would the floor or ground support them?
Furthermore, how would this person be different from, say, Superman? A person that's super-dense would, to the appearance of normal humans, have monstrous strength. Bullets would be like shooting mist at them, at best. In fact, let's say they could move through solids at will like they were air.. how would the solids actually react? The person would probably see them as mist and blow right through them, but when a solid has massive force applied to it, it tends to explode. As far as the person would be concerned, they'd leave those cartoonish holes in the walls, but where would the wood and concrete actually go? It'd have to go somewhere, because even though it'd be mist to the "Solid" person, it'd be solid in it's own frame of reference.
I also came up with the name of the ability, which I just used in the previous sentence. It could even be a book title. "Solid".
There would be some other things to work out as well. For instance, would the inter dimensional solidifying be a conscious effort by the person? Or would it be some sort of natural phenomena? If it wasn't a conscious effort then at least there could be an ending where the person became "fully Solid" and either formed a new universe or died or blew up the universe or.. whatever, really. Although, thinking about it, I suppose those things could happen even if it was part of some sort of plan. Would I want to make the person average? If so, would he be a nice guy, an asshole, or just some schmuck with upsides and downsides? He could be a soldier, but then a Solid soldier, while somewhat alliterative, would basically just end up being the ultimate killing/peacemaking machine. Maybe he'd be insane, or "evil". At that point it wouldn't be fantasy or sci-fi so much as horror, which I'm not sure is what I'd want to write. But then, without having tried, who knows?
Setting "Solid" aside for a moment, I've also considered trying to dip my toes into the authoring business by just trying to write something on a set schedule. Like, I wouldn't have to write the Great American Novel, but instead what I'd do is, every week I'd try to write five pages, and have it be a short story. That's it. Five pages, that's the whole story. There are bound to be upsides and downsides to that, but seeing as how that's what plenty of people already do for anthologies and magazines, it seems like a nice small step to try to get some rhythm going.
I guess if I was going to do something like this, I might try to do a lot of the work on Saturdays and then use the rest of the week to polish it a bit. During the week I generally tend to be fairly apathetic towards anything harder than sitting in a chair. Granted, even on Saturdays that's true, except it's "lying in bed watching TV".
I can only give it a try and see what happens.