About the group (from Alex's blog):
It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.
Recently, I've been trying to come up with ideas for a new novel (or novels). I've been racking my brain for subjects, but every time I think of something I like there are always the same dilemmas: I think the character motivation is unrealistic, the setting too fantastical, and/or the plot twists unbelievable.
Then the other half of my brain shakes me and says, "You're an SF/F writer! You're supposed to create things that are fantastical, for goodness' sake!"
"No one's going to think my story about semi-human-part-alien people is realistic--" the other side replies.
"So? Who's going to believe your story about revolution that you spent 1.5 years of your life on? Get some ideas together and write!"
"I can't just connect plot points and characters willy-nilly or it will be a horrid mess."
"You won't have anything to even question the plausibility of unless you go open that word processor, shut your mouth, and start writing."
"I know. But having a concept beforehand does help. And even if I did start writing the story mentioned before, I don't even know if that character goal is consistent with the rest of the world."
"Then make it consistent!"
"Yeah, but then I would have to change all the other characters, which would mean more setting fixes, which would have a different influence on both the characters and plot, which would mean I'm back to the drawing board anyway, so why don't I just scrap the whole idea?"
Hence, my problem. It didn't used to get in the way (or I was better at shoving it aside) but now I keep wondering if my stories are plausible--realistic--enough.
How do you balance plausibility and imagination? What do consider the most when trying to estimate the chances that such a scenario could really happen: Characters, plot, setting? Or is this not something you worry about at all?
-----The Golden Eagle