'Now we need a story to go with the gimmick.'
I heard that expression more than once back when I was a lot more involved with Eyrie Productions and with fanfic in general. And it still rings very, very true.
Coming up with an idea? That's the easy part. Coming up with a full-on story in which to use it? That's a little more challenging. Sometimes you get lucky and the story will be so clear in your head that it writes itself and keeps writing itself and you just keep typing as fast as you can before it goes away. Other times all you get is bits and pieces that expand your original idea a little but don't develop into anything truly coherent, and you sit and stare at your computer for a while and nothing happens, and then you give up and go play WoW or Skyrim or whatever diversion you may prefer.
And sometimes in the process of writing the story, you discover that the original idea, well, really doesn't work that great in practice and you have to decide whether to try and rework the idea to fit the story you have
come up with, or just throw the whole thing out and start over again. Again, you may get lucky and the thing will re
-write itself. Or you may bang your head against the wall until WoW/Skyrim seems a lot less painful.
One good thing about being an artist is that you don't necessarily need to come up with that story (though it certainly helps). You can just throw your ideas/gimmicks onto paper and/or the net for all to see and leave it at that. Which is great, until an idea suddenly morphs into a full-on story that wants to be drawn -- or worse, be animated -- and suddenly you have this big laundry list of drawings required to tell the story, and you either lack the skill to make it happen or your lone pitiful pair of hands can't possibly keep up with your brain.
If there was a way to just upload thoughts and ideas into a computer and have them take shape before your eyes I would pursue it in a heartbeat.
By now you're probably wondering if there's some point to all this whining. I'm wondering that myself.
So... ideas knocking around in my brain. This is not all of them by any stretch, just the most prominent ones at the moment:
1. FoE fanart -- augh, I've got a whole notepad page on my iPod devoted to this one, but these are the ones 'on my mind' so to speak:
1a. at the top of the FoE heap is a couple pics of Blackjack, sort of a "what might be" concept
1b. followed closely by a couple pics of Littlepip in the same vein
1c. still need to add the missing (and gory) piece of the "Velvet's Arbu" sequence
1d. also wanted to draw something for the side story "Ditzy Doo Chronicles", if only to practice drawing ghouls
2. I did not intend for the FoE:Survivors idea to go any further, but now it's spawned an OC who wants some attention. *sigh* Still not a full-on story, but definitely one complete scene. I'm trying to decide how to deal with this.
3. Still working on that Conversion Bureau fic with
. Again, something I intended to be a short story is morphing into something quite a bit more lengthy. Leaving aside the problem of us both getting derailed by WoW on a regular basis, there's still a lot of holes in the plot that just are not writing themselves. I've considered making a Tumblr page or some other kind of forum post; maybe making the story a little more interactive would help fill in some holes. And on top of all that, the Season 2 finale kinda forced a re-imagining of the whole concept. In a good way, I think, but it doesn't change the fact that I have to go back and re-think a bunch of things that were on the whiteboard.
And that's where things seem to be standing right now. I'll let the viewers decide whether it's a good position or a bad one.