Not sure what I want to write about though. I really don't. I have considered some fanfictions, such as a Vampire: The Masquerade fanfic, but I have also considered original stories as well, including an idea about modern ninjas. Ridiculous, I know, but it's sort of a homage to things like Naruto, Ninja Gaiden, and the ninja films of the 70's and 80's.
Often times things just hit you. I got hit hard with Fallout and the concept of contrasting characters - each play through i played as opposites. A saintly girl and a badass selfish prick of a guy. And i found it interesting and it inspired me to write my failed Fallout FF.
Sometimes you'll see a film or game and be inspired by a theme or style or genre. I wrote a story as a kid when i had major problems with GTA VC (it stopped working completely) and to fill the void i wrote something - like a cross between modding and the Matrix, in a weird way.
Poetry usually comes from sh*t i'm dealing with. (Expect to see a new poem in the next week or two guys). You have to train yourself (in a way) to be receptive to the muse. It can hit you anytime, and often in disguise. Something simple like a single scene from a film (Watched DR NO tonight and i enjoyed the "boring" scene where Bond rigs his room to see if people intrude (eg: hair over closet door etc). A scene like that could plant the seed in your mind of writing an espionage one (another project i should pick up!)
Songs - a disturbed album spawned a story for me. Open your eyes. Also engage in things like One Shots - I've almost got a couple of projects from posted themes. You never know!
Write a short, perhaps, in each genre you've thought about and see what strikes you...?
Hmm... I'd like to ask you writers about something. How far ahead do you usually plan before starting to write your stories? Like, do you have all the chapters from beginning to end planned out before even publishing the first one? I've still got all the major details planned out, but it's the chapters inbetween that are giving me trouble. It feels like a real hard job avoiding any filler chapters and keeping the story 'flowing' as I'd say, while still making it long enough to allow character development.
It can be hard. In City of Lies and JIF, I planned the basic structure chapter by chapter. I knew where the story was going. I knew what needed to happen in each chapter. How it happened, was my spontaneous.
Some people don't plan at all. Some people plan the basic plot points, some people map out the 8 point arc, and some do it by chapter. Sometimes people can be more meticulous. There is no hard and fast rule.
I try to find a balance. I think you need the story mapped. You need to know where each twist is, and what it is. You need to know what each chapter should offer. But you should also have room to move. You never know, you could write a scene and in your head, the main character might do something different and end up somewhere else and the story could change.
I've read good works that had little planning and poor works with lots of planning. It's finding the balance that works for you and that story that counts imo