There are so many themes and scenarios I want to roleplay, but I only have one person I regularly RP with, sometimes two when the other person is actually on (they work a lot and have an unreliable internet connection). Both of them are usually really open to the stuff I want to try, and really enthusiastic about working with my ideas. Together we’re able to create really interesting and engaging rps, and I enjoy all of them a lot.
The problem is, whenever I get a new idea, I kind of obsess over it for a while. It’s nearly all I can think about and I start imagining plot points I’d like to have happen and dialogue my character might eventually have a chance to say. I either keep thinking about it until I suggest it to one of them, or I just get a new idea (lather rinse repeat). And I get ideas from the weirdest places - doodles on my dash and posters in the mall, even TV commercials, so naturally I have a lot of ideas.
I don’t share all of my ideas with them but whenever I do, I feel like I’m annoying them, especially when we’re already in the middle of an RP (I can hop from wanting to do superheroes to wanting a coffeeshop AU in less than a day, sobs). They’ve never expressed disgruntlement at my ideas and we’ve also never stopped an RP before it was done just to start another one, but I really can’t help but feel like I should just keep my ideas to myself…I don’t really know what to do about it anymore.
It’s okay to have a lot of ideas, but there are things you can do to see which ones really stick with you and which ones don’t, to maybe help you out.
First, if you’re concerned about annoying your partners, ask. Just ask them if it’s bothering them. I would hope they would tell you the truth.
On the other hand, make a little notebook of your ideas as they come. I do this with roleplays I would currently be in, and if an idea comes up for later, I write it down and then talk to my partner about it.
The good thing is that you mentioned you don’t stop a roleplay before it’s finished to start a new one. That’s a plus! This way you are just starting and stopping, which could make it a little frustrating for you and your partner.
Once you put down some ideas in your notebook, wait a couple days, look at them again, and see which one is the strongest and go with that one. See where it leads you and your partner then. That way, maybe you’ll be able to weed out the ones that are fleeting while others may be stronger and actually develop into a roleplay.
Don’t be too hard on yourself about it. It’s great to have a ready-to-go imagination! Just try to space it out some with bringing it up to your partners, so they don’t have 5 or more ideas they’re trying to keep track of while you may have 5 more in line. Balance it out and see which ones stick out more than others and go with them!