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Critter member Virginia Mohlere suggested this concept -- a page where authors could share and find idea seeds for stories. Great idea! Thanks, Virginia.

For some authors coming up with ideas is easy and they come up with more ideas than they could ever use, yet it's the writing that's harder. Vice versa for others. Thus a bag of ideas from authors of the former type can be helpful to authors of the latter. That's what this is. :)

FYI, ideas are not copyrighted, and, as has been tried successfully, different authors will generate entirely different stories from the same idea, thus there's no harm in sharing or using ideas here.

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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:28 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from Joy Moore on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:01:23 0000]

Here is my idea for a novel. A man is on a fight to somewhere. The fight attendant comes by to serve drinks. He notices how atractive she is. Years later after he has married and divorced twice and she has married and divorced three times, they meet again. They fall in love and get married. After they have been married for some time they discover they met years ago on the fight to somewhere.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:29 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from Joy on Wed, 08 Dec 2010 23:04:18 0000]

Re vegetarian vampire - I was thinking of possibly doing a story where such a character manages to find reasonably adequate substitutes in carrot juice and wheatgrass juice, as they are chemically similar to hemoglobin. I was also toying with the idea of a Orthodox Jewish vampire - as Jews are absolutely forbidden to eat blood. Could he get a rabbinic dispensation to use blood from a kosher animal? A blood bank?
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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:29 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from Joy on Wed, 08 Dec 2010 23:03:57 0000]

Re vegetarian vampire - I was thinking of possibly doing a story where such a character manages to find reasonably adequate substitutes in carrot juice and wheatgrass juice, as they are chemically similar to hemoglobin. I was also toying with the idea of a Orthodox Jewish vampire - as Jews are absolutely forbidden to eat blood. Could he get a rabbinic dispensation to use blood from a kosher animal? A blood bank?
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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:30 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from Louis on Sat, 11 Sep 2010 02:57:25 0000]

A story about trying to do away with Murphy's Laws. The most basic one goes something like: if something can go wrong, it will and at the less opportune time.

It could be using science or magic.

I got the idea when I had problems trying to write two pages a day on two different novels. So I can finish both by Christmas. I finally set a goal and all kinds of things come up to keep me from it. Must be one of his laws.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:30 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from Rowan on Fri, 20 Aug 2010 05:33:32 0000]

There's "Vlad the Drac" which is a childrens story about a vampire who is vegetarian and faints at the sight of blood. But I wouldn't throw the vegetarian vampire concept out purely based on the conviction that it's been done before. Unless you write like Aurthur C. Clarke, and don't feel as happy with character development as you do in exposition, I'd say it's possible to do a good job on it.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:30 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from Bree McPherson on Sun, 18 Apr 2010 14:40:28 0000]

A df story based around the concept that magi's blood gives the drinker power. There could be a group of renegade magic users that declares war on the legit magi-- there could be animals that when fed the blood of a mage become stronger, faster, more intelligent.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:31 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from Morgan Anderson on Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:24:47 0000]

a story where you go into the minds of children. Take a child and have them be your main character and anaylize everything from their point of view.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:31 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from LISA on Wed, 17 Feb 2010 21:24:58 0000]

I need to write about an innovative idea, different idea, pratice, or product, conductive to Roders Diffusion of innovations theory. Develope a diffusion stragety
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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:31 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from Zia on Mon, 04 Jan 2010 15:42:53 0000]

Vegetarian becomes vampire? Haven't seen it anywhere, but I'd be very suprised if it hasn't been done.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:32 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from kahnie on Wed, 09 Dec 2009 21:55:17 0000]

I guess I enjoy "potal" stories--secret doors hidden in ordinary things which lead you to another, world, diminesion, universe, or a fantasyland..
Thank of new places to put such portals--in a dim place int he swampy woods, inside a special gift box which opens onto another world.... things like that...
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