Re: I am Squiddy
When several concessions have been made it encourages more: If a writer gets attached to an idea which isn’t really plausible, they tend to allow some inconsistencies in the story, to keep their idea. This is like cheating at Sudoku, it might seem ok at the beginning, but if you do, you have to do it more and more to finish the game.
Ah but in a fictional world with fictional sciences, physics and laws of life, plausibility is newly defined based on the story. Take any futuristic technology based story. If machine will diaper protagonist based on maturity level, then machine will plausibly dress protagonist in babyish clothing despite the real worlds rules of life actually preventing something like this (we all know there are -so- many immature bratty teens out there). In storywriting, plausibility is like beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder.
The more unresolved issues a writer allows for, the more he/she is prone to, and so any writers in the middle ground tend to get dragged either to good or bad practice, leaving a gap.
To an extent I agree with this. An unresolved issue can be a good medium for a “Mystery” appeal to any story, but if it’s simply left like that from start to finish, then yes this is a VERY bad thing.
You can tell who just got too excited about an interesting concept to find an alternative or a workaround, and who wrote a story just for themselves (and then liked it so much they wanted to share it).
To type with one hand under the keyboard = bad juju.
I’m not saying implausible ideas are bad… actually I think I am saying that, they can still be fun though
They aren’t bad if used properly. What we would perceive to be implausible can be given an explanation and therefore made plausible, but if a writer just GM Rule 0’s the story with his/her fantasy, then yeah it can tend to fuck up a LOT of things.
Note: To anyone that doesn’t know the reference GM Rule 0 = Game Master can say and do anything he bloody well wants in the game (s)he controls, players have no consent.
In any case, for the most part I agree with you but even so, stories written here shouldn’t be categorized even if there’s a hundred different categories to choose from mainly because the imagination is infinite. Oh, and MAJOR props to you for coming back and making this worth my time! You’re one of the few people here I don’t scare off