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Offline MeedlebootTopic starter

Stuck on writing prompts!
« on: June 15, 2011, 06:09:25 PM »
Well, I'd imagine that everyone got stuck at least once, so when you did get stuck, where did you look for inspiration? I ask this because it's interesting to find out where other people get their inspiration from, and if anyone else is stuck, maybe it will help them out.
PlusI'mtotallystuckmyself.

I personally like to watch TV and just let things wander in and out of my mind. I find being in the movies jump starts my brain, as well as looking through past RPs. Sometimes, just talking to friends helps, too!
So what about you guys?


(Apologies if this is in the wrong forum. I was hoping I put it in the right place.)

Offline Shjade

Re: Stuck on writing promps!
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2011, 06:22:44 PM »
Conversations. I get more spontaneous writing ideas out of interacting with other people than almost anything else. Ideas derived from something I read comes in second, so reading is an okay substitute if you're short on conversation partners.

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Re: Stuck on writing promps!
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2011, 08:31:01 PM »
I've found plot bunnies at amusement parks, in the drug store, on a ketchup bottle and a shampoo bottle.  There was a good one that came from something written on the door of a stall in a public restroom.  They come from anywhere and everywhere.  Look to the left and below my avatar.  That's what a What if? machine is for.

Offline Lilias

Re: Stuck on writing prompts!
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2011, 02:55:15 AM »
Most of my inspiration comes from books, movies and TV shows, though it's not always controllable. If I need a shot of inspiration to deal with something, and fast, I commonly use the internet, particularly starting somewhere with lots of random links to follow (Wikipedia is particularly good for that).

Offline MeedlebootTopic starter

Re: Stuck on writing prompts!
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2011, 02:35:50 PM »
@Shjade: I found some inspiration for my writing prompt through having goofy conversations with my friends. It was a bit of an odd idea, but most of my ideas tend to be a little out there anyway.

@Beguile's Mistress: Getting RP plots from life sounds really interesting. I want to try that sometime now. A what if machine. That certainly sound interesting, too.

@Lilias: I find that I get a lot of inspiration from the Redwall series. Or at least, I used to. It's not as strong anymore. On the clicking a lot of random links thing, though. I can't count how many times I've caught myself surfing wikipedia. It really is a great place.

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Re: Stuck on writing prompts!
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2011, 03:00:30 PM »
I don't get stuck, but I do get spontaneous and continuous overflow. It's like reverse writer's block. I get so many ideas it's hard to shave it down to a taut narrative structure. Which leads to rubbish ideas and depression. :(

Offline Oreo

Re: Stuck on writing prompts!
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2011, 08:41:57 AM »
I often get inspiration from pictures. More often from music or lyrics.

Offline Serephino

Re: Stuck on writing prompts!
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2011, 08:58:46 PM »
Sometimes I look through the request threads.  I may not like the exact ideas, but once in a while something similar will pop into my head.  Then I message the person to see if they like my spin on their idea.

I also get inspiration from books and movies sometimes.  I dunno, my mind can't stay focused on the movie, it has to wander and come up with different scenarios.  Music can further inspire an idea I already had, but rarely do I get new ideas from it.

The weirdest thing I ever got inspiration from is masturbation fantasies.  Like I said, my mind is all over the place, even then.  All kinds of weird shit pops into my head. 

Offline DudelRok

Re: Stuck on writing prompts!
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011, 04:15:10 PM »
If I'm having an actual writing block, I stop and do something else... anything else. It isn't long before the brain begins thinking again, after that. The primary deal is to focus elsewhere so that the river damn can break naturally.

My primary problem is will/desire which can only be solved with time. :(