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What do you do when you need an idea?

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Sometimes, when I needed to design something new, couldn't have an idea.

In this situation, whan can I do?..

Its my big problem..

Is there any thing to help it?

 

 

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I will equate this to having song ideas as I am a musician: A lot of times I would simply sit down and play, and eventually something would come out. I enjoyed myself, and didn't think about "getting an idea" I just kind of let things flow. There was a time I would get song ideas in my head and not be able to record them. To remedy that, I downloaded a voice recorder app on my smart phone - which is now filled with tons of song and melody bits. When I sit down and try to force an idea, it never comes, and that is a large part of what writer's block is. Most of my own ideas for music, video games, stories, movies, etc - always come when I am not really thinking about it at all. I drive for a living, so sometimes they come then, or when I am outside taking a break from gaming. It's completely random, but the process I am trying to convey to you: is just let the ideas come themselves.

 

There are many things you can do to get new ideas. A really good method I sometimes use: brainstorming one idea with a good friend, and riff off each other with new ideas. You could also try some writing exercises. I have another friend that dumps out a huge bucket of Legos (he's like 30) and just puts things together to think - but that's his process, and everyone has one.

 

Ferrous makes a really good point as a lot of my own ideas have come from thinking about and/or playing older video games. A lot of times I see them and wonder how they could be better, or just think of something completely new.

 

Whatever method you choose, I wish you the best of luck; and always remember: write EVERYTHING down!

Edited by Deadmedic

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If you "need" an idea there are technics for that, like brainstorming as Deadmatic suggested, but it's not really helpfull if you just "want an idea" because you basically can do anything. To come up with an idea you need some restrictions, and the ideas will come as a result of doing something between those restrictions. If you "want to make a game" you don't have a starting point, but if you "want to make a game that mixes puzzles and racing" there's a lot to think about to form an idea.

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When I need an idea, I know I've been staring at a screen for too long.
Generally, that idea comes to me the very next time I take a walk (do my laps, etc.)
It is precisely because I am in a moment where I don't have much to think about and I don't expect myself to think of anything (that won't happen during, say, watching a movie for example) that I end up thinking about something.
Yet, I won't think about something if I go doing laps right after realizing I need an idea.

My basic routine would be something like:
- Work
- Realize I need an idea to keep going
- Go do something else (watch TV, play a game with my kids or friends, etc.)
- Go do my laps and/or take a shower
- Get an idea
- Return to work
- Flesh out my idea
- End up with 100 different ideas
- Filter them
- Maybe find 1 to 3 ideas worth pursuing (along with a few polish items)

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Note: I used to check others' work when looking for ideas, but I realized I wasn't being very creative when doing that. It works, mind you, but it won't create a very original mix per se.

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