I like the idea of this in principle, but some of the things that they ask you to adopt are incredibly detailed… To me, it would just feel like I was writing somebody else’s story and that would feel wrong.
The idea of adopting a first line is something like that is enough to get the creative juices flowing.
A character is something that I would never be able to adopt, or give away, because I spend a lot of time building up that character and I know everything about them. However, it is in each to their own kind of idea.
I came across a section in the Nanowrimo forums titled Adoption Society. Under this category were many adoptable story parts. It’s meant to help writers who need some inspiration or ideas. It had everything from Adopt An Opening Line to Adopt An Antagonist. There were threads for plots, setting, creatures, back story, dying words, magic systems, titles, names, characteristics, etc.
What I’m wondering is would you find them helpful? There are several different ways to see this:
- Are these threads simply prompts or would you feel like you’re stealing an idea?
- Can they inspire or would it be restricting?
- If you wrote a great story using one would you be thankful or feel guilty?
- Would you prefer the entries to be detailed or vague?
For me it depends. If the adoptable part isn’t very detailed than it’s exactly like looking up writing prompts. If it’s very detailed then not only…
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