Tag Archives: Ideas

Threat-Protection Storylines

In my copious notes on finding ideas, I stumbled across a type of story or plot that I have to admit I particularly enjoy. I’m not sure why… But beyond that, I think it’s a fine tool for possibly coming … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to a Story

When an idea begins to come together, when it builds into a story, when you see what it could become—there is nothing more exhilarating. For me, that feeling of raw creation is why I write. But sometimes, as you develop … Continue reading

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The World is Not Enough

I’ve had this problem for a long time now—in fact, it’s always been a big part of my assertion that I’d actually rather be a worldbuilder. I have this entire world that I created… and no story to write in … Continue reading

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Expectations versus Reality in Fiction Summaries

When we read the summary on the back of a book, or in a promotion for the book, or hear someone else talk about it—we instantly form a vague picture of what we expect the book to be. Hearing about … Continue reading

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What Can Other Mediums Teach Us?

As a fan of various works in various mediums, it can be exceedingly tempting to look at a TV show or movie and think: “I want to write something like that.” If you’re trying to write for TV or film, … Continue reading

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Self-Exploration as a Writer’s Tool

If you are struggling to come up with ideas, or the right idea, there’s one tool I use to get closer to understanding what I really want. Sometimes it can generate ideas, other times it can refine them, and other … Continue reading

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Saving Ideas

Sometimes you’ll have an idea, and you’ll try to develop it, and it just won’t come together. Maybe it’s not the right idea for you. Maybe it’s not the right idea for you right now. Or maybe you’re just not … Continue reading

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When Does an Idea Become a Story?

I’ve got a theme for the week, and I’m going with it. Several of my posts this week have been about getting ideas—from what you read, from what you think as you read, from a branding idea—but how do you … Continue reading

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Analyzing for Ideas

If you can’t tell, I’m still on a bit of a kick about what I’ll write next. I’m still sure I’ll work on revising my current project, but I have undoubtedly relapsed into my old ways of idea-development-doubt-collapse. I’m not … Continue reading

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Should You Write What You Like to Read?

I’ve written several times on this blog about examining what you like to read, and writing that. For the most part, it’s common advice that I think is a pretty solid place to start when it comes to figuring out … Continue reading

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