I've been brain storming for about a month on the first and a week on the second. Not really sure how to properly execute both to make them compelling… though would appreciate some feed back.
The first is based of of an idea I had for a story a long while back that evolved when I found the sight. Something that has always creeped me out is the concept of shape shifters. People who can look, and act like either you or the people you know and care about. It's mostly like the zombie thing, where your loved ones become something else. And my thought was 'what would they look like in their own skin?' which is what built the creature. My only issue is that I am having trouble making that compelling at all…
The other is doctors, or more specifically surgery. Both the performance, and having it preformed. I guess it's a common fear, but the idea of someone cutting in to me is scary, and things like Hostel bother me deeply. They also pop in my brain any time I'm given anesthetic. So I cam up with a scalpel which currently all I can think of it doing is compelling someone in to major invasive surgery, but agree with the one that critiqued it that it is a bit obvious and ham handed.
Any advice on these?