Recently, I got into a discussion on Facebook about how to turn random ideas into a story. The original post was kind of confusing, but I finally realized that this person was wanting a step by step process on what to do with all these ideas. How to organize them and turn them into stories, characters and worlds. The OP said he’d looked at all sorts of advice and couldn’t find the answer he was looking for, or at least, he wasn’t satisfied with the answers he was getting.
I’m not sure I helped much, but I tried.
So let’s talk about this. What do you do when you get an idea or two, or 100?
Document your idea. Write that idea down as soon as possible so you don’t lose it. I carry a notebook and pen with me everywhere, but I also use a great little app called ColorNote on my phone so I can jot down quick notes.
That’s the easy part. Now, what to do with that idea?
Well, my friends, that is entirely up to you. Because, you see, from this point on in the organizing and writing process, it’s all about how you think and process information. No one can crawl into Your head and tell You how You think. That’s something for you to figure out.
Thankfully, there are tons of books, articles and blogs (like this one :D) that can help you with that. There is a lot of advice out there for all types of people. Your job is to read that advice, try it out and see if it works for you.
The writing process is full of trial and error. It’s also a journey into self discovery. You have to figure out what works for You. No one else can do it for you. Even if you find some advice that you like and you try it, the way you implement it is still going to be different from everyone else.
For example: A lot of writer’s use outlines when they’re writing a story. But how, exactly, they use and/or structure an outline changes from writer to writer. Some might use a super formal outline, some might summarize the story in big chucks. Some writers will outline the whole thing before any real writing is done, others outline as they go, just figuring out the next part in the story a little at a time.
All of these methods are good. Each method works for each writer. There is no right or wrong answer and there is no one size fits all solution to writing.
And that’s what makes it awesome. That’s what makes writing and story telling unique and fun. There is a story for every kind of reader and there a story to tell for every kind of writer. Your job is to find Your story.
So go out Bold Writer, and find Your Story!
But first, leave a comment so we can chat!
Thanks, as always, for reading and have a Wonderful Wednesday.