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Offline MymarTopic starter

How to make an idea click?
« on: May 29, 2015, 01:19:03 AM »
I just don't seem to be having much luck on this site making things click, I find interesting people, and very helpful ones, I just have only found one person I click with yet, after multiple attempts and various approaches. No one seems to want to do my ideas because "it is too vague." I remember basically ripping off a movie I saw a few years ago(and like the general idea of it,) and gave most of the plot edited slightly as the synopsis, and that was still not enough. What am I missing? I want to connect to people, but I just don't know how here. I've even tried to work from the angle of finding other peoples ideas to explore, and nothing has quite happened there yet either. So obviously I'm doing something wrong. I do not know that I have the energy to create a whole world myself for something no one would want to do.

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Re: How to make an idea click?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2015, 02:57:46 AM »
Time, and perseverance.


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Re: How to make an idea click?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2015, 06:50:22 AM »
Mymar,  first of all, I agree with bubby.   Patience, and perseverance.

But, since you asked for advice, I will attempt to give some.  Please note that I can only speak for my own perspective -- other people look for other things, but perhaps I can give you something to think about.

First, I would suggest that you create a signature, with a link to your Ons/Offs and your ideas.  When people interact with you, having those things in one convenient, easy, place may go a long way toward increasing their interest.

Build those things up a little.  Instead of saying, basically, that you like all kinds of stuff but don't like a few specific, grab their attention with what you do like, and maybe tell them a little about WHY.  The more you give them, the more chance there is that something about what you say will 'click' with their likes, their ideas.

I took a look at your post history, and I believe I see the idea you were referring to as being 'too vague'.    While you do have a plot, you've stripped all the meat off it, all the little flashy things that would make me see it and think 'what could I do with that plot?'

Nobody (well, at least, certainly not me) is asking you to create a world for an idea from the start.  But sometimes when you reduce something down to its basic components, you're giving people a dry list of ingredients instead of a delicious-looking, yummy dish.  It's like the old show 'Seinfeld', wherein the characters are pushing a sitcom that is the show itself.  "It's a show about nothing."

Well, it is.  But unless you already know the show, that statement doesn't give you a lot to work with.

Maybe write up a short blurb of your character, interacting with someone in his life after this 'strange event', make it a teaser.  Describe your character a bit more -- not how he looks, but what makes him tick.  You can do a lot to reach out and grab attention with a couple of paragraphs, but liven it up.  Give people a teaser into your idea, something to hook their imagination.

When movies are advertised, they don't give you the whole plot, not by a long shot.  No, what they do is lay out a couple of tiny moments that fire the imagination, that make you want to know the rest of the story.  What we do here is, IMO, even more exciting -- we get to offer people a chance to MAKE that story, not just watch it. :-)

Hang in there -- if writing/roleplaying is something that you want to do, then keep at it until you find the balance that works for you. 

Offline The Dark Raven

Re: How to make an idea click?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2015, 02:40:07 PM »
I've been on E nearing 7 years.  What bubby says is correct.  I have found maybe a handful of people that I click with on a writing sense in that 7 years, but I cling to them like nobody's business.

Just keep looking. :)