For a story to be a
Timelock, how precise and accurate does the deadline need to be?
I mean, if you have a story where the protagonist is trying to “be ready to run a marathon by June 17”, that seems like an obvious
Timelock. But what if it’s more vague, but definitely still a time-dependent deadline, like a story about a family where the mother is diagnosed with aggressive cancer and given approx 6 weeks to live (but that’s just an estimate – could be 4 weeks or 10 weeks)?
I was thinking it might depend on what the story is about in that case:
- If the story is about trying to mend a relationship with the mother, or learn how to be a family again, etc. before she dies that would be a
Timelock. Within the story, the characters might feel like they’re running out of options – ways to mend relationships etc.
- If the story is about trying to find a way to prevent or delay the illness itself, like searching for cure with alternative medicine or something, that might be an
Optionlock, as there are a limited number of alternative approaches to try. Within the story, characters would feel they are running out of time to find the right approach before she dies.
Do those ideas sound correct or am I off base?