Now that the Create Your Dream Island contest is open, we’re excited to start reading your Island ideas. You might be wondering how to get the inside track on a winning entry. You’ll find a lot of helpful tips in your copy of the Island Creator Kit.
Here are a few more hints about how to make your entry stand out:
A setting we’ve never done before
It might sound simple, but one of the very best ways to get our attention is to set your Island in a place we’ve never done before. Sometimes that’s all it takes for us to get excited about an idea. Even if you have a great story, if it’s set in Old Japan or on the moon, we’d probably pass. But if it’s somewhere new, we’ll be interested. Look for something that’s never been done on Poptropica!
An interesting time period
Another way to catch our attention is to look into the distant past, or the far future. For instance, when we were writing Mystery Train, we started with the idea of a mystery story set on a moving train, but it wasn’t until we decided to place it in a historical moment — the 1893 World’s Fair — that the whole thing came together. The when of your story may be as important as the where.
A twist on a familiar tale
We like genre stories. That’s why we often start with time-honored premises: a Wild West story, or a vampire story. But try to figure out what makes your idea different. For instance, Astro-Knights Island mashed up two familiar genres — knights and aliens — to make something new and original.
No licensed properties
Believe us, we’d love to make an Island in which Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen team up to fight Darth Vader. But it’s not up to us. Other people own those properties. For this contest, we can’t use existing characters, stories, or fictional worlds — period. So make sure that everything in your entry is an original idea!
Captain Crawfish is giving us advice? I thought that was SW’s job! 😛 Well, it’s still good advice, even if it isn’t from Wolfy.
Although, I already knew all of those tips. 😦 Thankfully, I finally have an island idea! I would share it with you, but I’m really protective sometimes.
Anyway, good luck in coming up with your island! 😉
P.S. Harry Potter, teaming up with Katniss Everdeen, to fight Darth Vader… 😆 Priceless…