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Dec. 5th, 2006 @ 12:55 pm poking the muse?
Okay, first off, I have to apologize for my long absence - RL and computer issues have been conspiring to keep me offline. Bah.

And on to the point of this post...

Do you guys find that there are specific techniques/methods that help you form ideas for fics? Are there specific things that work well for you as sources of inspiration? What kind of process develops that first spark of an idea into a finished fic?

I can't say I have much system for generating ideas myself (although good song lyrics are always handy) and 'organizing' my ideas into fic form usually means jotting things down at randomly spaced intervals along the page, so I'm just interested to know how the inspiration/pre-fic stages work for other people. ;)
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From:starbuckx
Date:December 5th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
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I'm one of those 'when inspiration strikes' writer. Lyrics help, a lot, but there's no way I can ever sit down and say: I'm going to write a fic, and manage it. In order to write, I have to brainstorm first, write down my notes, and then take a break from them. I can never work on the story right away.

I keep a little notebook and a pen with me, and I'm known for writing out ideas in the weirdest places. To me, it's not about generating ideas, it's about catching them!
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From:like_electric
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that's exactly what it's like for me. I've tried actually sitting down and looking for ideas, but it's never really worked. My ideas are inclined to just jump on me whenever they see fit, even if it's a completely inconvienient time :P (like in the middle of a maths exam *facepalm*). Oddly enough, I also find that a lot of my ideas end up getting 'fleshed out' while I'm falling asleep.
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From:starbuckx
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
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Oh, me too! And it's the most inconvinient thing ever to have a good idea when you're falling asleep. It happened to me yesterday, actually. *laughs* Made a note on my cellphone that I noticed just now. *giggles*
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From:threnody
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
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I get ideas when I'm doing something physical that does not require brain activity. Usually housecleaning and in the shower, though I've had more ideas since I started this particular job three months ago than I've ever had in my life (ah, data entry. Gotta love it). I usually spend a while developing the idea, and it only goes down on paper (if I'm out) or computer (most often, I'm better on the comp) when I feel like I've got enough to really work with. Or when I have certain scenes all ready, or when I think I'm going to lose some of the detail I'd like to keep.

As for what sparks the idea... could be anything. Articles, people I see... sometimes an idea just pops into my head for no reason. *shrug*

I have... never yet finished a fic. In this fandom, anyway. Boo. I suck at finishing things. :\
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From:krys33
Date:December 5th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets ideas at times like that. My shower has got to be where plotbunnies live or something. And damn, that's one of the only times when I can't get to a place to write something down. :P
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From:like_electric
Date:December 5th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
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I get a lot of ideas when I'm walking or in the shower. And don't worry, I suck at finishing things too. :P
(Hence the reason the one fic I've posted so far was only something like.. 400 words?)
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From:veils
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
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Generally I can't actually plan fics, or any kind of writing. I constantly have ideas in my head, and usually when I start writing, what I'm writing about has already been half-formed, and I just fill in detail.
It's why all my English teachers don't like me, because I never plan out any of my work for them to see, I just write it. I can take key ideas after I've written, but not before.
Songs can often inspire me; places, seasons, something someone has said, they all can set off ideas and stories will start writing bits of themselves in my head.
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From:krys33
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
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I write when I get the inspiration. When that plot bunny won't leave. :) Sometimes it's a song that inspires me (... okay, a lot of the time). But I also try to have a pen and paper and/or my laptop with me when watching movies or television at home, in case I hear a really awesome quote. I've got pages and pages of quotes, and sometimes when I have writer's block, I pull them out and read them to inspire myself. That, or I'll watch tons of episodes or douse myself in good fic until inspiration strikes. :)