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1 OriDoodle25th Oct 2011 11:52:07 AM from East of West , Relationship Status: Consider his love an honor
"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

2 feotakahari25th Oct 2011 12:04:07 PM from Looking out at the city
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer
^ 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.)
That's Feo . . . He's a disgusting, mysoginistic, paedophilic asshat who moonlights as a shitty writer—Something Awful
Occasionally Smart
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.
Shadowed Philosopher
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.
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
Occasionally Smart
Yeah, execution is everything. Well, 92% of everything.
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.
6 JHM25th Oct 2011 01:55:50 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Thunder, Perfect Mind
@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".
(屮≖益≖)屮 彡 ┻━┻ F*ck yo' table; Go read my book! —>
8 Sidewinder25th Oct 2011 04:57:24 PM , Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Sneaky Bastard
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 nrjxll25th Oct 2011 05:42:31 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
Ideas are so easy that I don't think coming up with them involves any skill, really.
10 Night25th Oct 2011 05:46:20 PM from Jaburo , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
The future of warfare in UC.
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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