I've been watching documentaries on ants lately. Because I'm a geek, I find them facinating. They've got miles of underground tunnels and that whole hive mind thing going on. I kind of want to write a story about ants now, but I have no idea what it would be about.
Or even how to write it, come to think of it.
Seeing as how the ants function as a whole, the story couldn't follow a single ant. There'd be no he or she unless the ants were considering the Queen, because how could they function unless they're moving through the world as an us. So it'd be a pretty interesting situation, trying to navigate through a story that way.
Also, there'd have to be no discriptions of sight in the story. Which means no colors, no light, no things as we tend to see them. Even if an ant could see and process the world with color vision, I don't think it'd care too much. It'd be more focused on the pheromone scent trails of the different brands of workers, the food scents, sounds from nearby and vibrations.
How would you write a story like that? I'd be so alien. I mean, that's sort of the point. An ant doesn't know it's an ant like we know we're humans. And it doesn't rely on sight, so there'd be no physical discriptions beyond passing mentions to chitin and exoskeletons. The story could well revolve entirely around ants and yet seem like Science Fiction.
Plot though. The ever present stumbling block. Not much requires a great sweeping narrative in the world of ants. I'll have to figure that one out.