Seriously, the only idea I had that I thought was actually good (the one about the humanoid that emitted smoke from its fingertips and used this ability to "write" in the air), got shot down almost as soon as I posted it. Should I even bother trying to write something anymore?
Everyone has ideas shot down. Literally everyone, including every member of senior staff. No worries.
There's no penalty for not writing, so there's nothing wrong at all with waiting until inspiration strikes. If you want to be a bit more proactive than that, try browsing the SCP fuelbuckets for images that give you ideas.
I hung around writing the occasional Foundation tale for nearly seven months before writing an SCP article, so, yanno, no rush.
Dear, not every SCP is a keeper. Some are shot down immediately (like yours), others take years to flounder and die. If you haven't had an SCP deleted, then you haven't tried hard enough. Hell, I remember Gears had one taken down! Gears, man!
I know it hurts when something you've put a lot of effort into is taken down. It hurt to see 565 die, even though I know now how much 565 sucked. But you gotta keep trying. 843 is doing wonderfully now. And if SCPs just don't work for you, there's always foundation tales and what have you.
Keep looking for inspiration; weird images on Google, strange stories you've read, unusual real-life phenomena… Sooner or later, something may come to mind that will stick.
You can't give up just because one of your ideas got shot down. Keep thinking, inspiration will come eventually. Also, check the SCP Fuel pages. The images there are excellent, and may give you some nice SCP ideas.
Don't panic. You've had one idea shot down; this doesn't mean you'll never have another one. There's all kinds of sideways inspiration out there. (The SCPfuel accounts — Fuelbucket — are awesome.) Sometimes, too, you just have to wait: there's a reason I rarely write more than one SCP per month, if that. Something will come to you. :)
My first SCP ideas got shot down pretty hard, too. The first was too much of a 514 clone, and the other was a -J that relied on the reader being as big a biology geek as I am. We've all had rejections.
Also, it often helps to brainstorm. Go page through Fuelbucket and write down, right off the top of your head, what you think each image depicts — or better yet, explain to someone else what you think it is. I've had some great ideas that way. Live critique is awesome, too: playing tennis with an idea is so much more effective, for me at least, than trying to play solo racquetball!
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Yeah, I'm in Sensei's boat. I can write stories, but SCPs are beyond me apparently. I've had one survive out of five. Don't sweat it.
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