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Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:23 am UTC
by Triangle_Man
All the time. This is such a huge part of my life that I'd be lost without it.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:40 am UTC
by Cornish
setzer777 wrote:Do you ever make up fantasies or stories in your head that you do not take part in?

It seems like a lot of people don't after childhood (or maybe they just don't admit it, I don't know). It seems like once you have grown up, it is not considered "normal" to make up stories in your head (unless they are about yourself) if you do not plan on sharing them with other people.

Personally, I have always been and still am a big day-dreamer. I like making up whole worlds and histories and then thinking about individual characters and stories that are only a tiny part of a larger setting.


Can't say I do; in some form or way I always take part in the fantasy. Interacting with the world you've just created is too much fun to give up, even when you determine what the reaction on your actions will be.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:45 pm UTC
by Midnight
i often imagine conversations with people. conversations I will never have. like, things I would say if someone asked me how I created my space empire.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:18 pm UTC
by kernelpanic
I'm sure that if I didn't hate writing so much I could write some very good stories. At least, that's what I'm told by friends.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:03 am UTC
by styrofoam
Yes, and I've just recently started writing it down. Sometimes I'm in it, sometimes not.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:27 am UTC
by kingofdreams
yes, so much so that it impedes with what I have to accomplish at any given time, the wonderful thing is that I remember so many of them, and some come back to me out of nowhere years later and mesh with what I'm thinking of then, so its like a giant planescape-style meshing of worlds, all my little fantasies mundane or extraordinary (or lets face it erotic), happen in the same space.

edit: also
http://www.xkcd.org/52/

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:17 pm UTC
by masakatsu
All the time... called risk management.

Most what-if scenerios come from wild flights of fantasies.

This approach is also used in business cases and budget justifications.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:42 pm UTC
by Thesh
I mostly come up with ideas for video games in my head.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:03 pm UTC
by Fat Zombie
Man, pretty much all the time. I think it started back when I was a kid; I was sometimes unsatisfied with the conclusion to a story for a cartoon, and decided to do something about it by thinking up a scenario that suited my wishes better. I think that this started when I was a kid watching Pokemon. This is probably why all my daydreams look like cartoons, and I can no longer watch Pokemon without cringing.

nbonaparte wrote:I do something similar. Usually demonstrating some kind of technology. Often to people from some point in the past.


I... I do that, too. Exactly that thing.

I have regular characters, scenarios that I like to revisit. It's how I come up with and air out most of my ideas. It gets in the way of things at times, but I think I'd be a shell of a person without it.

I've been tempted recently, in fact, to produce a map/flowchart/timeline, showing the recurring characters and themes of my daydreams since I started doing it full-time.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:13 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
Re: Demonstrating Technology

Continue it out. Try to picture what modern day society and technological innovations would be like if, say, you demonstrated how a steam engine could be used for work to someone in the 1500s.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:44 pm UTC
by Fat Zombie
SecondTalon wrote:Re: Demonstrating Technology

Continue it out. Try to picture what modern day society and technological innovations would be like if, say, you demonstrated how a steam engine could be used for work to someone in the 1500s.


That's what I try to do. Unfortunately, I tend to combine this with my habit of "invading" other fictions; so a lot of the results end up sounding like bad fanfic. (That's why I don't write any of it out)

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:19 am UTC
by RebeccaRGB
How have I not seen this thread before? I've been making up my own worlds since I was in elementary school. At first, I would populate them with anthropomorphic electronic components and computer icons. Near the end of elementary school I started populating them with human characters instead. Over time, it has become only more elaborate: hundreds of characters, each with a unique personality and history; plenty of outlandish things happening to them (meeting aliens from Neptune and sentient plants, finding out they're long-lost triplets or supernatural beings or princesses), as well as some brutal twists of fate (child abuse, drunken parties, teen pregnancies); detailed maps of cities and blueprints of buildings; a whole constructed language, culture, and history; even fictional worlds within the fictional world. I'm already in the process of turning it into a whole seven-book series of novels (with a couple of side-quels to go with it). God only knows if I'll ever pull that off.

I used to put myself into my stories, but over time my character has become less and less involved and less and less anything like me. So now I don't actually have a character, and I have no idea what I'll do with the character that used to represent me.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:40 am UTC
by electronic mily
Short answer: pretty much constantly.

I think this really became a thing when "playing pretend" stopped being a really viable option for entertaining myself. It started out with me in a lot of the stories, as a vague kind of imaginary friend scenario (I had ongoing relationships with these characters, who were at least somewhat aware that they existed in my head), but that got complicated and I switched to a kind of omniscient observer point of view, though there are occasional breaches of the fourth wall (in one story a character receives a box of cookies from a character who is basically me in that universe). After several years of this I basically have a multiverse with an established but constantly expanding cast of characters. It's kind of a compulsive thing, I guess.

I write them down/draw them if they seem like the kind of thing that would go well in writing (or in pictures), because I think if I didn't my brain would overflow and short out. But some of them are just in there. I guess I should try putting those out sometime too, or they'll just be lost when I die, and that's just a waste of a story.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:38 pm UTC
by Jelloking357
Kaelri wrote:I've done this all the time, for as long as I can remember. Most of my writing ideas come from improvised, stream-of-consciousness scenarios that I not only visualize, but act out. I pace around my room mumbling dialogue, mimicking body language and choreographing action sequences with my fingers. If anyone ever saw me, they'd think I was a lunatic.


I do this a lot of the time, and I can assure you that they will indeed think you a lunatic.

But, sometimes I'll create a perfect scene in my head and when I get it down on paper, it just isn't the same. Revision helps a lot of the time, but sometimes I'll realize how completely pointless the idea was in the first place and forget about it. Although, my mind has a nasty procrastination habit and while I'm writing something important, I'll get a vision for an idea I abandoned long ago, and I'll have no choice but to write the whole thing down. This creates a pattern where I eventually get inspiration for the thing I was actually supposed to be doing while working on an unimportant project.

It's a viscous cycle.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:55 pm UTC
by KrO2
Sometimes. It's based on the assumption that whenever I see someone acting strange, there is probably at least one plausible set of circumstances in which what they are doing makes sense. Of course, if someone isn't acting strange, this still applies but isn't nearly as interesting. So this basically comes down to a fictional backstory for random strangers.
I'll also occasionally plan out fight scenes involving random strangers, but I'm not very good at that. I usually end up getting killed.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:50 am UTC
by Vapour
I can get a bit too enthusiastic about RTS games, so in my spare time, riding to work etc. I tend to plan out strategies and how I would do things with the different factions and the actualt map we're on.

This is for Red Alert 3 currently, but usually a C&C game of some description.

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
by Triangle_Man
This happens to me all the time; worlds, characters, plotlines. Party of my problem, however, is getting those ideas written on to paper...

Re: Do you make up stories in your head?

Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:27 am UTC
by Blackhawk5367
Of course I do. If someone says they don't they are probabaly lying.
If you ever have thought what would happen if _____, then you have made up a story