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Developing Ideas: Finding the Villain (Part One)

Sometimes a story seems to suggest its own plot. If your main character is imprisoned, it’s probably a natural extension of events to have them try to escape. And then, when they do, they have to hide out from the … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Finding the Story

If you can get from the idea to a protagonist who has a goal, you basically have a story. But even at that stage, things can still be so vague you have no idea where to start.

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Developing Ideas: A Basic Outline

This is where an idea finally becomes a story. Even if you’re looking to be more spontaneous in your writing (which is one way to avoid some doubts, as well as increase your interest to see what happens), it helps … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Defining and Refining

In the last post in this series about developing ideas, I talked about getting the vague shape of the story in mind. It’s like a blurry picture of a story that you have to squint to see clearly. Sometimes it … Continue reading

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