21st November 2012, 9:59 AM
As a person who finds it incredibly difficult to progress with chapterfics, a one-shot is perfect for me - except I find nothing to write about, no real inspiration strikes. Just this hollow thought: "Hey, let's write a one-shot!"
So where do you get inspiration from if you write a one-shot? Hit me up.
21st November 2012, 11:43 AM
To be frank, nowhere in particular for me. Ideas that I have implemented into oneshots (never mind ones I haven't) have basically come from quiet thinking of another barely related subject. Although I suppose that is the case with most stories for me anyway.
If you need something to write about, well, try reading a bunch of stories, listening to music, play some pokemon (that can be sometimes the source of ideas for people) or even just play around with some 'what if?' cases and see if a story idea comes from that. What may work for you may differ from other people though, so that's just a general sort of set of ideas there for inspiration.
21st November 2012, 2:12 PM
I get ideas from wherever, really. It's the same for chaptered-story ideas, only I just know that it'll only be a one-shot. Though of course, I tend to have issues with finishing stories no matter what the length, so it just depends on my motivation, and
current obsession if my fingers and brain would cooperate. I have way too many unfinished one-shots than I do unfinished chaptered-stories. It's sad, really.
22nd November 2012, 3:54 AM
Oneshots, for me, are basically short stories. They can be mini-scenarios that can't be expressed with a full-on chaptered story because the problem is too big or can be solved too quickly for something. Oneshots can also serve as "backstories" or explanations. They can be reflections of one person's view on something/one, or someone looking for guidance under a teacher-figure...they can still be pretty long if you want them to be, but as long as you don't require to split it into chapters, then it's a oneshot.
In short, I just have the urge to write a short story, if you will, because it won't be too long that I will be forced to split it into chapters. If you're not sure where the inpirations to write on comes from, try reading other's oneshots, and compare and contrast.