What should I do if I can't decide between two ideas for my bb entry?
I am not completely sure either to be honest, but here are a few things that you might want to consider:
- plan your ideas out. If you haven’t done this already, do it now. Plan them out as much as possible, figure out backstories for the main characters (even if they will never get mentioned) and decide on at least 2-3 small, fun details. Having the entire plot planned out is the foundation of deciding whether the stories will really keep you as motivated as your original spark made you believe they would and the added details will keep your interest alive, even if you are stuck with your planning at some points. I am serious, work the ideas out as much as possible, if you are still excited to write them after all of that then you have done a good job at thinking them up. If not… try to find a third idea. If planning your ideas out is already enough to turn you off of them they are not worth your time.
- your motivation for the ideas. Your big bang fic will probably be something with a high word count, right? Writing stuff with a high word count takes time. If you are more excited to write one fic than the other, take the one with a higher motivation. In an ideal scenario you have both fics already planned out and are able to see which one includes more scenes that make you giddy to write them. In my personal experience it’s better to take the fic that has lots of small scenes that excite you rather than the one whose overall topic you like better - the problem with the overall fic will be that you will like the end result but arriving there will be much more difficult than when you have several small “goals” to reach throughout your story.
- the expected wordcount of the ideas. Pretty self-explanatory. If you are very excited for one of your ideas but aren’t sure whether you can finish it on time, reconsider it. Take a look at your classes/work schedule/other appointments for the next few months and see whether there will be enough time to complete it. You might have to compromise between time and motivation.
- getting a feel for the ideas. What I am saying is: start writing them. Try to write a minimum of somewhere between 500-3000 words (depending on how long the final word count will be, obviously^^’) to see whether they really are as fun to write as you imagined it. Personally, I always write out the beginning, but you can choose any scene, really. Maybe not one of those that make you too excited though or you will get disappointed once you have to write the… not fun parts.
- Imagery! I am not talking about metaphors, I am talking about whether you are able to picture certain scenes of your fic in your head. If you are able to do that, not only will you be able to describe the actions better with less effort but your artist will probably also have an easier time to picture them in their head. Trust me on this. I suggest choosing a minimum of 2 scenes in total, if you are writing a multichapter thing ~1 scene per chapter. It can be anything from a scenery to a facial expression to a pose, don’t think too much about it. If you are having a hard time picturing something, your fic needs more planning. (This! Is very tricky though!! For the love of god, don’t be disappointed if your artist pictured a scene differently. This is mainly just to see whether you have a good grip on your plot/characters/environment.)
- asking for someone else’s opinion. This is optional and I would only use it if you really can’t decide on your own. Don’t do it publicly, that would go against the rules, but choose a friend/fellow someone that’s willing to listen to you privately. You don’t have to tell them both entire plots, just give them a general summary and ask them what they would rather want to read. (If you do choose to tell them the whole plot, you might gain a personal cheerleader though which is always an A+ motivator once you have already started the fic. I have also learned that if you are stuck with figuring out smaller details of a story, someone else asking questions about it helps a great deal. This is not really relevant to figuring out which story you want to write though, just an extra tip to consider :P)
Not sure I was able to help, but here you go anyway :D If you can’t find someone to talk to for the last point, I am always open. I promise, I’m a nice person :P