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polonium210

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Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 7:47 PM
 
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Ideas are golden, but how do i get them. it is usually hard creating constructive ideas from nowhere. it seems there is nothing like ideas on events that have never in reality ever happen before. I was made to understand that Shakespeare's ideas in all his stories were borrowed from some kind of past events. Can anyone help?
ghostlywanderer

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 7:53 PM   in response to: polonium210 in response to: polonium210
 
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Find what speaks to you, what moves you, what you would want to read about, and what you find interesting.

Ideas are golden, but there's no magic one-stop-shop to get them from. Live, breathe, imagine, experience, share, and wonder. Ask questions, create answers, dive deep into yourself.

If you're just looking for an idea so you can write it out just to make money, then you'd be much better off finding another revenue source.
northwoodswriter

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 7:54 PM   in response to: polonium210 in response to: polonium210
 
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Ideas are everywhere! Read through the news websites from time to time, and you'll find something that just sounds bizarre - make up a story line around it. Another option: find 2 news stories and imagine if you put them together, what would that look like? Also, start with something mundane and then ask "What if X happened?". Keep asking that until you get to something that intrigues you.

Ideas are all over the place. I have pages and pages of story ideas that have just struck me at odd times. I always write those little nuggets down and store them away for later like a squirrel. As ideas continue to fester in your head, keep adding details to your original idea. Soon, you'll have the beginnings of a story that interests you, which is what you should write about; don't worry about what someone else might like. Cheers!

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gldrummond

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 8:18 PM   in response to: polonium210 in response to: polonium210
 
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Read. A LOT. ;)
david19271

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 8:29 PM   in response to: polonium210 in response to: polonium210
 
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If you don't know where to get creative ideas then maybe you are not cut out to be a writer.

Creative ideas are everywhere. I'm overwhelmed by them. I have to do triage on them. When people try to tell me their great idea for a movie or book I tell them I don't want to hear it. I have too many of of my own ideas that I will never be able to write in my lifetime. I've given away ideas to other writers because I didn't have the time or passion to do them.
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Posted: Jul 4, 2012 8:58 PM   in response to: david19271 in response to: david19271
 
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"If you don't know where to get creative ideas then maybe you are not cut out to be a writer."

David makes a good point there. Writers may occasionally have periods of 'burn out', but I think most of us do have new story ideas regularly popping up.
clemlaw

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 9:59 PM   in response to: polonium210 in response to: polonium210
 
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You really can't go wrong with zombies. A zombie outbreak occurs, and your hero(ine) reacts to this unusual development.

That will be good for hundreds of stories. Just put the characters in that situation, and see what they do. The story will practically write itself.

If zombies aren't your cup of tea, then substitute something more mundane. As long as your characters do interesting things in response, it should be a good story.
ignacioschwarts

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 10:09 PM   in response to: polonium210 in response to: polonium210
 
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you're in luck! i sell them by the pound

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ghostlywanderer

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Posted: Jul 4, 2012 10:10 PM   in response to: clemlaw in response to: clemlaw
 
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You really can't go wrong with zombies. A zombie
outbreak occurs, and your hero(ine) reacts to this
unusual development.

That will be good for hundreds of stories. Just put
the characters in that situation, and see what they
do. The story will practically write itself.

If zombies aren't your cup of tea, then substitute
something more mundane. As long as your characters
do interesting things in response, it should be a
good story.


This, in a way, kind of makes me sad. I'm putting the finishing touches on a 90,000 word zombie apocalypse novel I've spent the last seven months writing. At times, it was difficult to write. But I've noticed a lot of people have the idea that writing a zombie story is a quick and easy way to making a lot of money. As a result, there's a plethora of zombie fiction on amazon now (a TON of short stories, so at least I've got the novel angle) and a lot of it isn't near done- most is unedited and seems to be a first draft. I fear that my novel, which is something I've wanted to do for years now, will get lost in the shuffle. I've noticed that the majority of zombie works rank between 100,000-200,000 in the Kindle store. That's just a couple copies a day, at best.

If it does, though, so be it. I've had a blast writing it. I'm even thinking sequel, or possibly trilogy, but we'll see if I can develop a good enough story line to carry through that far.
clemlaw

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 10:36 PM   in response to: ghostlywanderer in response to: ghostlywanderer
 
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I was being just a little bit tongue-in-cheek, but please don't interpret what I wrote as sarcasm. I was serious. The person asked for a story idea, and I gave them one.

I haven't written a zombie book (yet), but the ones I've managed to crank out follow the same formula: Disaster occurs. Hero(ine) reacts to disaster.

Typically, the hero(ine) reacts about the same way I like to think I would react. For that reason, the story seems to write itself. It's not exactly "easy" writing them, but as you've discovered, it is fun.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I hear something shambling outside the door, and I need to go investigate.
katanashodintao

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 5, 2012 12:40 AM   in response to: northwoodswriter in response to: northwoodswriter
 
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Great answer, very useful, thanks.
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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 5, 2012 2:28 AM   in response to: polonium210 in response to: polonium210
 
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It's about making up your own reality. For instance the President of the United States is not a fifty year old Black man named Barak Obama. He's a 16 yr old white male High school freshman named Zak Einstein. Pretty far fetched on all accounts. But your job as a writer is to take the implausible and make a plausible story out of it. The big question to answer for the reader, or TV/Movie audience is how did this come to be? When, how, who, why did this come to be?
One also has to be able to see beyond the obvious. A rock is not just a rock. It's the stone that shaped like a turtle. You just have to have an imagination. When I was little, I literally had matchbox cars. I'd push an old matchbox along the floor and go, "vroom! Vroom."
twa8n

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 5, 2012 2:37 AM   in response to: polonium210 in response to: polonium210
 
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Isaac Asimov often said that a good idea is worth a beer, and I tend to believe him. Good creative ideas are cheap, it's the writing where the value happens. Even if you have the best idea for a story in the history of fiction, it doesn't mean much if you can't write well or don't have the gumption to sit down and fill in those blank pages.
rbsundru

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 5, 2012 6:00 AM   in response to: polonium210 in response to: polonium210
 
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polonium210: I suggest you look for some unique characters, rather than unique story ideas. Start with a man/woman/child. Give them a name and a description. Then give them a couple of flaws. Ask yourself, "What does this person want most? What stands in their way? Who is their friend?" I would be much more optimistic if a friend said,"I've got a great character for a story!" rather than "I've got a great idea!"

One time I invented two sisters who were extreme rivals, but in the end would stand by each other. I dropped them into a sci-fi/fantasy setting, and the novel Hearts of Iron emerged.

[i]Remember, there are only two plots in the world: boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy regains girl. OR boy gets girl, boy loses girl, girl become cyborg. Flip a coin.[/i]
elizabethjasper

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Re: Creative ideas for story, where can I get them?
Posted: Jul 5, 2012 6:38 AM   in response to: polonium210 in response to: polonium210
 
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Most writers have new stories churning around in their heads all the time - it's a question of selecting which story to write next. Creative writing courses often give students a list of topics to choose from to see what they can make of them.

Which genres interest you most, and which sub-genres within those? Do you like to write about real or fantasy characters? Are you interested in historical or contemporary stories? What do you love to read most?

Asking yourself these types of questions should set you on your way.
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