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Toss around ideas and brainstorm your story.

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14 days ago
I think I want to try writing something now, I just don't have any ideas.

Or I mean like I get ideas like scenes from a movie, but none of them will work as an entire plot.

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14 days ago
Next time you think of a scene, concentrate really hard....and then think of the next scene. Then just keep doing that.

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14 days ago
make story from writing prompt

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14 days ago
Some people go for a full plot skeleton while others go for interesting characters, then develop around a plot they come up with in spurts along the way. There's really successful authors that do both. I find it easier to just come up with a premise and setting with characters, then let it evolve. Otherwise, I struggle with fleshing out the middle of the plot. Coming up with things as you go also works really well with CYOA-style writing. Hope that helps.

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14 days ago

Speaking of which, while not related to the OP at all, how do you flesh out the middle of a plot? Because as I'm working on one of the arcs of my story, I can only think of the beginning and the end and have no idea how I can insert anything of real substance into the middle.

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14 days ago

You should ask Mizal about this as she sent me a detailed DM about this exact thing with now to structure plots.

 

To sum it up the middle of the story should be all focused on how the character tries to solve their conflicts, with failures and setbacks as things become more dire.

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14 days ago

I wish we could sticky a forum thread in the Writing Workshop that could summarize the answer to this meaningless discussion, because the most common topic here is "Guys please, I really want to write this amazing story, but I have literally no ideas, what am I supposed to do!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!"

Ideas should come naturally to anyone who has a modicum of imagination. If you don't have any ideas, there are plenty of ways to brainstorm them: you can watch a movie, but watch it for the overarching plot, not just random scenes (although random scenes can also be helpful, because you can analyze what that scene is doing within the movie and try to emulate that feeling with your writing), or you can read a book, fictional or not, and take note of everything the author does to make you interested, what works and what doesn't, and what personally appeals to you. Another neat way to come up with ideas is by playing a sandbox game where you can come up with stories behind random events within the game world.

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14 days ago
I may or may not be actively working on stickying threads already...

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14 days ago

That would be legendary.

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13 days ago
yes, that would be delightful :)

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13 days ago
I mean it's not like this board is overflowing with activity even on a good day, I would like to sticky sims general newbie advice along with links to articles, but I see threads like this as a pulse check for the rest of you.

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16 hours ago
You seem like you're a lot of fun to be around.

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16 hours ago

Bitch please, I'm delightful. So have you unfucked your fuckery or what.

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13 hours ago
Looks like he was responding to Wizzy, but I'm guessing his answer to your question would also be in the negative.

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13 hours ago

Uh oh, tman doesn't have threaded view on.

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13 hours ago

Personally not a fan of it but both my point and my question stand

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13 hours ago

Damn, you don't even have any ideas for insults.

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14 days ago

Do the exact opposite of your name.

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14 days ago

You like Westerns so why not write a Western? I'm not too familiar with these but aren't most of them the story of a hero riding into town and solving problems like in an RPG? That shouldn't be too difficult.  

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14 days ago
Ever read a story or watched a movie where you were thinking, 'why the fuck would you do that?', or 'what if he just did X instead of Y?'.

Now think of your story and add a choice at that moment. Great, now you got two stories. Keep on doing that until there's a choice every few pages, or every few hundred words. Great, you got an interactive fiction now.

If you haven't got a story, think of your favorite one and just repackage it. Put your medieval peasant hero in a spacesuit, or put your favorite dark overlord in jail and see what comes out of it.

If you still haven't got shit, it's time to start consuming stories, either movies, books, or stories on this site. See what strikes you as cool enough to experiment yourself.

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14 days ago

Just unfuck your fuckery. Problem solved.