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 1 Ori Doodle, Tue, 25th Oct '11 11:52:07 AM from Uhm....i dunno? Relationship Status: Sharing a spaghetti noodle
"The Ideas aren't the hard bit. They're a small component of the whole. Creating believable people who do more or less what you tell them to is much harder. And hardest by far is the process of simply sitting down and putting one word after another to construct whatever it is you're trying to build: making it interesting, making it new. "

Neil Gaiman

True?
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 2 feotakahari, Tue, 25th Oct '11 12:04:07 PM from Looking out at the city
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^ Depends on the writer. I'm fast at making both ideas and characters. (From the idle thought "What if chosen ones for different causes met each other?", I half-unintentionally constructed three complex characters and a setting for them over the course of a few hours. I don't even intend to use this idea.)
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I agree completely. Ideas are easy, characters are slightly harder, and the hardest part is actually making something out of them.
He's like fire and ice and rage. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time. Rory punched him in the face.
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I have a hard time coming up with my own characters, which is one reason why I currently mostly write fanfiction. And it's true, ideas are not nearly so pivotal as many think. Myself, I think that the actual execution is more important than any wholly conceptual component.
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Yeah, execution is everything. Well, 92% of everything.
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 6 JHM, Tue, 25th Oct '11 1:55:50 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
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@OP: Absolutely. To quote Harlan Ellison quoting Red Smith, "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." I can attest to this from personal experience.

Rainbows hurt.
Yeah, anybody can throw out an idea. It's about execution, which is why there are a million writers at home who see Twilight trailers and scream "I can do better than that".
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 8 Sidewinder, Tue, 25th Oct '11 4:57:24 PM Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
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As my teacher on storytelling said: "All you need to have a good idea is to sit down with your friends over pizza and beer on a Friday night. Turning that idea into something anyone else would be interested in is why you're here."

Except, knowing how to do something on a theoretical level is not enough either. He'd been studying storytelling for 15 years and every time he tried to write it turned into crap (his words). I guess it comes down to practice, and lots of it.

 9 nrjxll, Tue, 25th Oct '11 5:42:31 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Ideas are so easy that I don't think coming up with them involves any skill, really.

 10 Night, Tue, 25th Oct '11 5:46:20 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
Ideas are relatively simple. Hashing them into something that doesn't make you or everyone else scream in horror and rage not so much.
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