Would this make a good short story?
A man who has the psychic ability to solve EVERY cold case crime, from the Black Daliah to well, I don’t know all the unsolved missing persons and murder crimes there are out there, but you get the point. But with every case he solves, one year gets added to his life (or maybe taken?) thus he has to pick an choose which cases he solves. At first he’s motivated by the high profile cases (the ones that bring in the money) but then, well I don’t know! That’s as far as I’ve gotten! Any suggestions?
Answer by Tishia T
I like a lot of the premise of the story, could be interesting! Take some time to consider the connection between the source of his ability and its association with life and death, his consequences. You could have a tragedy in his past lead him to make a pact with a higher (or lower) power, or the tragedy could have awakened the ability and he could be unsure where it came from.
Adding a year would be a spin that is less common that deducting one, so I would probably go with that one. Perhaps when he solves a case, he also gets certain horrible events stuck in his head, so the longer he lives and the more he solves, the more miserable he becomes.
You would need to have another twist that set the plot into motion. Think additional characters, the memory of a character that is now dead, the introduction of one that perhaps is related to his powers, etc.
A grizzly murder of Michael Dickens is solved by a doubting detective and a gifted psychic, John Catchings. Part 2.