Cloning: Duplicating the Self in Fiction
In the expansive realm of speculative fiction, few themes have been as thought-provoking, ethically intricate, and imaginatively rich as that of cloning. The concept of duplicating oneself, or another, not only delves into the scientific frontiers of what could be possible but also touches the core of human identity, existence, and morality.
Cloning prompts us to question the following:
- What makes us unique?
- Can our essence be captured in a genetic replica?
- And what happens when one confronts a mirror image imbued with its own desires, ambitions, and fears?
This list of writing prompts explores diverse narratives that emerge from the singular theme of cloning, specifically focusing on the scenario where a character discovers, confronts, or interacts with their clone. Whether you’re a writer seeking inspiration for your next novel, a teacher aiming to challenge your students’ creativity, or simply someone on a journey of introspective writing, these prompts contain infinite possibilities.
Fictional Exploration: Delve into the world of speculative fiction. Each prompt can be the seed of a short story, novella, or even a full-length novel. Consider blending genres—maybe a romance with a cloned lover or a thriller involving a cloned assassin.
Character Development: Use the prompts to develop depth and layers for your characters. How does a character react when faced with their clone? What fears, insecurities, or hopes emerge?
Philosophical & Ethical Debate: Dive deep into philosophical thought experiments or stage ethical dilemmas. Explore concepts of self, identity, and morality through essays or discussions sparked by these prompts.
Screenwriting & Drama: Visualize the cinematic or theatrical potential. Imagine the dynamics on screen or stage when protagonists confront their genetic twins.
Personal Reflection: While clones might be a work of fiction for now, the introspective challenges they present are real. Use the prompts for journaling or personal essays, exploring your thoughts on identity and individuality.
As you embark on this journey of duplicating narratives, remember that the theme is as multifaceted as human nature itself. Dive in, and explore the rich, compelling world of clones.
Clone Writing Prompts
A character has a clone…
- A clone awakens in a lab, not knowing he’s a clone, and tries to piece together his identity.
- A character discovers they were the original and all their childhood memories were implanted into their clone.
- A clone is created to replace a dying child. How does the family adjust?
- A famous celebrity has a clone who lives all their public events for them. What happens when the clone wants its own life?
- Two clones, created at different times, meet and compare their different experiences in the world.
- A soldier is replaced by his clone on the battlefield, but comes home to find his life has changed.
- A clone created for organ harvesting begins to resist its intended purpose.
- A detective is on a case to find out who’s cloning influential figures to manipulate global events.
- A person discovers their lover is a clone of their deceased spouse.
- A clone starts seeing memories that don’t belong to the original.
- A scientist clones herself, but the clone starts evolving its own personality.
- Twins discover they are not biological siblings but one is the clone of the other.
- A character’s clone turns up to a family event, causing confusion and panic.
- A political leader is assassinated and replaced by a clone with different agendas.
- A character and their clone secretly switch lives for a day.
- A future society where clones are second-class citizens.
- A character’s clone tries to seduce their partner. How does the partner react?
- A city where everyone has a clone and they co-exist peacefully.
- A clone is made without emotions, but starts developing them after an unexpected experience.
- A character meets their clone in a time-travel mishap.
- An athlete competes against their own clone in a major championship.
- A clone with only a short lifespan tries to fulfill a bucket list.
- A character’s evil actions are discovered to be the deeds of their rogue clone.
- A reality show where participants meet their clones.
- A historical figure is cloned in modern times. How does the clone adjust?
- A clone is programmed to be perfect but dreams of imperfections.
- A detective is hunting a criminal, only to find out it’s their own clone.
- A lonely character creates a clone for companionship, but they fall out.
- A character faces moral dilemmas about erasing their aging and replacing themselves with a younger clone.
- A child finds out their sibling is their clone and feels their identity is threatened.
- An artist’s clone creates a masterpiece, causing jealousy and tension.
- A clone is created without certain memories. Why were they omitted?
- An astronaut’s clone is sent on a mission. What happens when they return and meet?
- A diary is found detailing life from a clone’s perspective in a society that denies their existence.
- A clone realizes they can’t age or die of natural causes.
- A world where clones represent the worst attributes of the original.
- A clone seeks revenge on the scientists who created them without consent.
- A love triangle between a character, their partner, and the character’s clone.
- A clone’s dream hints at events before their creation.
- A clone runs for public office, challenging society’s views on clone rights.
- A mysterious clone army is discovered. Who created them and why?
- A therapy group for clones dealing with identity issues.
- A clone breaks the laws of robotics and starts a rebellion.
- A character discovers their best friend is their clone, with memories modified.
- Clones are treated as disposable, but one clone’s story inspires a change in perception.
- An aging actor’s clone takes over roles, causing an existential crisis.
- A religious community reacts to the birth of the first clone in their midst.
- A clone who was designed to be a prodigy struggles with enormous expectations.
- A character’s clone from an alternate dimension arrives with warnings.
- A clone develops a unique ability that the original never had.
- A journalist exposes a black market dealing in illegal clones.
- A character clones their pet, but the clone behaves wildly different.
- A company offers cloning as a luxury service. Who are its customers and why?
- A museum showcasing the history of cloning and its societal impact.
- A world where clones replace children who’ve tragically died, but with unforeseen consequences.
- A romance blooms between two clones from different originals.
- An underground resistance formed by clones fighting for equal rights.
- A clone goes on a quest to find the meaning of its existence.
- An old man confronts his younger clone, leading to revelations and regrets.
- A philosopher and their clone debate the nature of the soul.
- A child grows up only to find out they were the clone backup for a sibling who died young.
- A world where every major decision is tested by letting a clone live out the consequences.
- A spy agency uses clones for dangerous missions, but one clone decides to go rogue.
- A scientist’s unfinished clone becomes sentient midway through the process.
- An assassin’s clone is sent to kill the original.
- A character confronts the moral implications of eating cloned meat.
- An island populated solely by clones, hidden from society.
- A courtroom drama where a clone is on trial, questioning the legality of their actions.
- A clone, aware of its short lifespan, writes letters to the original’s future generations.
- A clone raised in isolation meets the outside world for the first time.
- A fashion trend where people modify their clones’ appearances in extreme ways.
- A clone inherits the original’s debts, leading to a life of hardship.
- A world where couples clone themselves instead of having children naturally.
- A musician’s clone becomes more popular than the original.
- A clone questions the purpose of art and creativity when anything can be duplicated.
- A support group where originals and their clones reconcile their differences.
- A dystopia where only the elite can afford to clone themselves.
- A clone’s attempt to integrate into a society unaware of cloning technology.
- A clone sacrifices itself to save the original, questioning the value of its life.
- A forbidden romance between a clone and its creator.
- A character’s childhood friend returns, revealing they’re a clone of the original who died.
- A circus featuring clones of famous historical figures.
- A black comedy where a character’s clone keeps getting into embarrassing situations.
- A school exclusively for clones, teaching them their “place” in society.
- A post-apocalyptic world where only clones survive.
- A clone faces an identity crisis upon reading its original’s diary.
- A character’s clone develops a rare disease, causing ethical dilemmas.
- A world where people clone themselves for company, leading to overpopulation.
- A poet’s clone struggles to replicate the original’s genius.
- A reality where clones age backwards, offering a unique perspective on life.
- An experiment where a clone and the original are raised in vastly different environments.
- A fairy tale retelling with a twist, featuring clones.
- A colony on another planet populated solely by clones.
- A clone’s existential journey after learning about the concept of mortality.
- An escape room designed specifically for clones, testing their shared knowledge.
- A character’s clone becomes a celebrity, while the original remains unknown.
- A futuristic game show where clones compete for the right to become the “original”.
- A world where the elderly transfer their consciousness to their younger clones.
- A horror story where a character’s clone exhibits sinister intentions.
- A clone seeks enlightenment, questioning if it can attain a spiritual connection.