Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions
. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum
. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
Weekly Discussion Thread [Expanding Ideas]
Alright, this is a new idea a few of us in IRC thought up. Basically every Sunday we'll come up with some topic of discussion and talk about it until we run out of things to say or the next Sunday hits, at which point we can spin it off to its own thread if people want to continue discussing it. The subjects could be any aspect of the art and business of writing for any genre or medium.
This week's subject: We'll kick things off with a bit on expanding ideas. How we take those nuggets of thought we come up with while listening to music or masturbating to llama porn and turn them into stories.
Personally, I find my ideas grow organically. If it's a cool idea, I'll think about it incessantly, every time I listen to music or have one of those 'Oh man, what if THIS happened at this part instead' moments while reading or watching something. If its an aspect of worldbuilding, or requires aspects of worldbuilding, I'll start thinking about how things have to work for the idea to make sense.
I'll slowly tack on characters and worlds and climaxes, sometimes developed for the idea, sometimes developing independently until I unexpectedly have two separate bits cling together.