Hello, I’m the Doctor. I suck at writing, but I have a few good ideas, and I’m sure there are others that way too. I figure that instead of actually writing something, I can develop a discussion where others and I can post ideas and then people who are good writers, but don’t know what to write, can use those ideas and put them into a game. My last few discussions went right on down the porsline throne with only about 4 people posting on them, so it is know my goal to create something that people will actually use. Not too likely. Anyway, lets put down some ideas.
Okay, first idea - Clone Game
A game where you start off as a clone of a random person created by the author, and you have to escape the cloning facility or try to live life as a clone slave. You could create about six or seven different characters to be cloned off of and give the MC no choice as to who they will be a clone of, which will chance gameplay each time around. You could have government law enforcement attempting to bring you back in if you choose to escape, and have it so if you choose not to escape from the facility itself, then you can try to escape from your master (whoever you were based off of) and have a completely different play through. I dunno, just an idea.
@Doctor instead of double or triple posting, you can use the ‘edit’ button as not not clog up the thread with multiple comments
I did not realize that, thank you. I’m realitivitaly new to this
Doctor, a lot of us are in similar boats. I’m not fantastic at writing and I also have an abundance of ideas. Here’s the trick though, the main way you get better at writing is through practice. If you keep trying you will get better at it. You’ll also grow more confident in your own abilities.
There are some people who’ve written Choice games who’re not great writers too. I’ve tested games that are riddled with spelling mistakes as well as grammatical errors, but those don’t matter. If you have ideas, and can tell a story, then the various mistakes can get fixed up by a copy-edit.
You’re the person who can best put your ideas into action. Ideas are cheap, pushing through and writing them is the tough part. Even if what you write isn’t great, trying is what matters. You’ll grow better, it’s like any skill.
@Doctor I must agree with @FairyGodfeather. At the risk of sounding cliché, when I began writing my grammatical plausibility was that of a the sun rotating around Earth. Now I think it is safe to assume that I am at least au fait in my narrative capacities. It comes with time and practice and books. Lots and lots of books.
There are a number of people who have written, or are writing Choice of Games, whose first language isn’t actually English.
Then there’s J Leigh, the writer of the Way Walker’s University games. She has dyslexia.
Even the writers who don’t have those sorts of hurdles you can see them improve as their games progress and their writers learn all sorts of skills.
You just need to have determination, to actually get something finished. Even if it’s short. Even if you think it’s rubbish, your second one will be better. You’ll hone your skills and learn and the feedback people give will help you become a better writer. Very few people start off absolutely amazing at writing. You do need to be able to persevere in order to make it.
Most novelists for instance have written several books, been rejected countless times before they ever manage to get published. The difference between them and the unpublished writers is that they never give up and never stop trying.
Lol did not know there was someone else on here that has dyslexia. I am myself have dyslexia, yet I do not let it stop me.
I keep at it, and at it. You only get better with time and a lot of help from the great people here on the boards.
@FairyGodfeather I think one of my favorite recountings of an author getting rejected at first would be J.K. Rowling. She got turned down several times before getting a publisher.
@Lordirishdas Yeah, how many words is that you’ve written for NaNoWriMo now? Way to make me look bad.
@fantom I thought J.K Rowling’s less of an example since her first book actually was finished. However, reading her wikipage, especially the following, I’d have to agree with you.
"Seven years after graduating from university, Rowling saw herself as “the biggest failure I knew”. Her marriage had failed, she was jobless with a dependent child, but she described her failure as liberating:
“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
I find that quote inspirational.