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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyscars View Post
    Bomb-making and the dark-web? Jesus, be careful with that web history...
    Bomb-making isn't as bad as it sounds. I was working with a lovely chap from the riot police. The dark web... yeah, that's a vile place.

    I went on an incel board once out of morbid curiosity. Actually I think it was just a general women-hating board. Rough.
    They need banning, they really do. Just shows the kind of men who live at home with their mothers, always on the net....
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    The dark web... yeah, that's a vile place.
    The 'dark web' is 80% scammers, lol. It's very uninteresting. The other 10% - 15% is sting ops. Obviously there's your hitman service somewhere in that 5% but still. The dark web is kind of a meme, honestly. All it really is is non-standard communication protocols. 'Incel board.' Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BornForBurning View Post
    The 'dark web' is 80% scammers, lol. It's very uninteresting. The other 10% - 15% is sting ops. Obviously there's your hitman service somewhere in that 5% but still. The dark web is kind of a meme, honestly. All it really is is non-standard communication protocols. 'Incel board.' Lol.
    According to wikipedia the majority is drugs and child porn...
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    According to wikipedia the majority is drugs and child porn...
    Never seen any CP on the darknet, actually. It could be prevalent, I don't really care to find out. Sadly most real CP networks hide in plain site. People on twitter using coded language, for example. Or hiding image data inside apparently innocuous jpegs. If you're technically minded enough, smuggling illicit images digitally is actually very very easy. The tragic reality is that it is very difficult to try and destroy CP networks without getting arrested as a suspect yourself. I can say with some degree of certainty that a big percentage of 'drug trafficking sites' on the darknet are FBI/CIA honeypots. Don't mess with that stuff. What percentage of it is real...it really isn't worth rolling the dice to find out. I would suspect that many of the 'CP' websites on the darknet are honeypots as well. I could actually talk for quite a while about this topic, but thinking about it for too long really does make my skin crawl. Not just pedophiles, back in the day I knew this guy who somehow discovered this gay BDSM group in Louisiana that practiced cannibalism. Really, really evil stuff. I used to listen to music for hours, just raging because I didn't know how to process what I had seen and read. That's why I stopped being an agnostic. I knew that if people this evil could exist, there had to be hellfire waiting for them. Ha, that gets back to my writing inspirations. Funny.
    Trust me though, I've just made it seem much, much more interesting than it actually is. It really is just scammers for the most part.
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    My sleeping dreams. I'm one of those with the fortune / misfortune ( depending on who you ask ) who remembers their dreams. I don't remember all of them but a good deal of them. Keeping a dream journal is helpful when it comes to turning the dreams into stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BornForBurning View Post
    Most extreme metal bands actually do have lyrics, but the 'singing' if you want to call it that is mostly for atmosphere. They are meant to be heard, but not in the way you hear lyrics when listening to a pop song. It's more like you catch a lyric here and there, like listening to a sorcerer summoning a demon in a swirling vortex. Grafvitnir is a band I've been listening to recently that encapsulates this kind of sound pretty nicely. The main way I get ideas from listening to music is just the raw feeling it gives me, or the picture I get in my head when I listen to it. Like the song Bergtrollets Hevn by Gorgoroth. The song has nothing to do with a blonde, blue-eyed girl descending from the mountains to destroy civilization, but that's what came to my mind when I listened to that song. Then I take these weird, sort of mythological images I get in my head and I try and turn them into a story. I just love the feeling of morbid mystery, I guess. That sense of 'good' journeying through this dark, mysterious, corrupt world, cause that's the world I live in, I feel.
    This is the same thing that happens to me whenever I listen to Dragon Force. I have never lived so epic of a day dream as when I saw a reincarnated Aris fight off an army all on his own when he was not even at his full power yet. Good time's, good times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    My sleeping dreams. I'm one of those with the fortune / misfortune ( depending on who you ask ) who remembers their dreams. I don't remember all of them but a good deal of them. Keeping a dream journal is helpful when it comes to turning the dreams into stories.
    I've got about four 1" thick notebooks filled with dreams. I've kept a dream journal since my teens. It's an amazing place to mine ideas for poetry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquilo View Post
    They need banning, they really do. Just shows the kind of men who live at home with their mothers, always on the net....

    Am i allowed to be offended by this? I mean I live at home.. with my mom... not in the basement... or the attic.. maybe in a closet?
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  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by bdcharles View Post
    To be honest, I struggle quite a lot with ideas. Characters I can do. Settings, narrative description, voice, crafting sentences, dialogue, set-pieces - all feasible to some degree. Even themes seem to come fairly naturally for me. But when it comes time to find them all something to do, oh boy. The problem is that I actually don't care as much about ideas in and of themselves, so not only are they not a huge part of my ambient mental weather anyway, but if I put too much focus on them, I end up not caring that much about the project. Basically, a story idea, for me goes like this: "Ooh, here's a curious thing/place/word/person/name/expression/imagined scene. Let's spend some time with it. What's happened around it? Hmm, better give these people something to aim at otherwise they'll just be standing around. Oh, look - there's a weird-looking castle. Make them have to get to the weird-looking castle. Oh, look, there's an egg-shaped man. Have the egg-shaped man try and stop them." Then I try and populate it with all the other window-dressing I thought of earlier. Straight up elevator-pitch ready million-dollar ideas with a super twist or whole new take on things are like gold dust, to me.

    Aside: In typing "gold dust", I googled it to confirm it meant what I thought it did, and put "god dust" in the search field by mistake. God Dust - that's one such little idea nugget there. Don't know what it is; want to find out. I'll put it in my file. It may even surface as an LM prompt suggestion later, though it is a little Pullman-esque.

    Good Q
    Is god dust your example of an idea?


    Idea and plot are not the same according to some writers when talking about writing a story. I think I know an easy way to come up with a character. You can think of the good traits a person has, and have a character behave in opposite ways. To have a situation you need to imagine the backstory of the character a bit for me at least.

    At least I have an idea for a character that embodies honesty, is hardworking, is strict, and generous.

    My brother for instance is this character. When the characters around him are dishonest it triggers the fear of what could probably happen.

    If you could make a character dishonest about an event that happens, lazy, rebellious against authority, and selfish maybe. It creates conflict.

    I do have an idea. My goal is to have a hard working character who rears a son but must rely on a elder person who is a stranger or someone else. Who then runs into trouble.

    He has no time for his son. Real life is a source for me. Looking up biographies of celebrities maybe can yield ideas.

    My idea is longer to explain but is the world setting of the story and how the character is impacted and changed by it. Creating character is more difficult and I need to learn more. In my case my eldest brother never has time to have fun. Which can be an idea for a character.

    I have some sources for stories. I once got character idea from an anime and a movie.

    But anyways maybe idea and plot isn't what bdcharles was saying, but I wanted to say this. I read somewhere people get inspired by the bible, quotes of people (oxford dictionary of quotes would be an example), myth (dictionary of myth), and fables (dictionary of fable). The advice I read said that you should buy a dictionary of each to get ideas. (in the case of the bible it would be the concordance of the bible).

    You can use the internet to google the fable, and the myth.
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    One suggestion I'll add about ideas is more about sorting through the story ideas in your mind rather than about finding external sourced for new ideas. I'd say resist the urge to play it safe. Don't shy away from the ideas that seem too weird because that is another way of saying "the most original."

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