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What is your advice regarding spending a lot of time online, for the sake of getting ideas for fictional stories?

What is your advice regarding spending a lot of time online, for the sake of getting ideas for fictional stories? Topic: Art and writing results in a research
July 21, 2019 / By Marty
Question: Much of the ideas behind many of my stories are based on various works of fan art, cliches, and Internet memes. In fact, one of the reasons why I surf the Internet is to look at pictures, and then generate ideas influenced by those pictures. I also accompany my Internet browsing with some background music, usually consisting of classical, Middle Eastern, and pipe organ songs. For example, I spend time looking at pictures of aliens, gryphons, Hittites and Mycenaeans, and Russian folklore, and I created several ideas for a science fiction work with some invented mythology in the backstory. Do you think that is an acceptable method to get inspired, or could it be laziness or plagiarism (even if the resulting idea is not an identical clone)? Something like a weird hybrid of "Star Wars" and "Fallout", where survivors of a broken empire and its enemies battle armies of colourful aliens and clown-like monsters. Also, after browsing, I start writing them down into parts of a story once I have the time to do so.
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Jesse Jesse | 4 days ago
I would say that depends on how long "a lot of time" is and how well this method is working for you? My advice would depend on your research/writing ratio. How much are you actually getting written down? If you overall spend more time or even just an equal amount of time on research and writing, then you might want to consider if you're procrastinating, and in that case my advice would be to switch off your internet for a while and just sit down and write. If you find it difficult, then there are a various tricks you can use, timers, rewards etc. The most important thing is to get into some kind of rhythm. Once you get used to writing everyday (and you do have the time, because you have all the time you normally spend online trying to get ideas), then it'll get easier.
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Jesse Originally Answered: Any advice for parents whose lack of communication prevent young children from spending time with father?
place a video cam on dad,let the mother file false charges,she will lose custody rights of her children,and the problem is solved IF the father can afford an attorney that will pursue such a course. most atty's would just rip him off,so i don't advise it so,then that leaves the issue that the mother will ALWAYS try to use the children as a weapon to hurt the father and any male children will be raised to behave like a spoiled little girl and will most likely go to jail and become efeminant. All dad can really do is to be a manly role model to his sons if any,show them how to get a trade in life and teach them the importance of not commiting felonies as the boys will search for father figures ,meaning the boys will get be drawn towards criminal activities. The only safe solution is to get the children away from the mother;however ,the law is on her side,no matter what she does. Regrettably,there is no helpful answer.

Glenn Glenn
The prove is in the pudding... it is an "acceptable method to get inspired" as long as it gets stuff through the door... Just beware of not putting all your eggs in one basket, try finding other alternative inspiration techniques in case one day you get tired of the Internet's sameness... Also, who needs opinions when you can have metrics? For a week, write down in a page every day how many hours you spend getting inspired, and how many time you spend actually writing (or words, or pages, or any other measure that you like). Having the data will help you take better decisions.
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Douglas Douglas
I suggest it's an avoidance technique. How many words did you write so far in April? If it's less than, say, 30,000, then your music-and-internet is just farting around online while telling yourself it's about writing.
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Brenton Brenton
How do you find the time to write anything considering that you're constantly asking one imbecilic question after the next? For instance, this question in particular is totally and completely asinine. Do you think any of us care what kind of music you listen to? Do you think that real writers would consider looking at fecking memes all day "inspiring"? Do whatever you like and quit soliciting opinions on it.
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Ahearn Ahearn
That this is just an excuse you make for not writing. "Creating ideas" which are largely based on other people's work, but not writing them, is just masturbation. Day-dreaming about being an author or how nice it would be for some pleasant Japanese men to invest a hundred million dollars in your idea for a video game which is similar to another video game and which will owe 98% of its popularity to the work of some artists who will be drawing the actual beasts. Let me point something out. Looking at pictures doesn't help you write like the pictures. It can give you ideas, but those ideas aren't worth anything till you can relate that picture with words. You want to write Jack Vance Dying Earth stories, then go write. Yes, that last line was a dig.
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Ahearn Originally Answered: Is Only Increasing Spending by 16% When You Really WANT to Increase it by 20% Equal to a 4% CUT In Spending?
Considering every answer is the same and you thank 'both sides', I'm guessing this'll be downvoted, but here goes. This is actually some pretty basic accounting. It mostly involves the fact that the same things cost more year after year. It is important to not simply look at one number next to another number and draw conclusions because there is a lot behind those numbers. Inflation means that, by default, you should expect the same things to cost more next year. When they talk about a budget cut, what they are referring to is that the amount of money projected against inflation is higher than they are allowed. The alternative would be to say that if I pay you $100 for a day's work, I should be able to pay you that same $100 for a day's work next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. That $100 has been cleared to be spent on your services, but not more. Next year, you are going to say "Gas prices are up, a buck doesn't go as far for my wife and kids and I have another year's experience on the job, so I want $110. If you pay that, then I will go do the same job I did last year. If I say my boss only allocated $108 for this year's service, it would be considered a budget cut because the amount of money needed to continue the same level of service is more of an increase than funding was set aside for. The solution is deflation. That way, next year, you will be thrilled when I offer you $100 for a day's work because that dollar goes further. Nobody advocates for deflation. I'm not getting in to the functioning of government or wasteful spending, but that is the accounting that drives that statement. Anybody who deals with budgeting for a workplace can give a more detailed explanation.

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