As the saying goes, stories don’t just write themselves, which means that you, the writer, need to put some effort into the process if you want those wonderful ideas to become a book.
How do you turn ideas into a story?
And where do you start?
Firstly, you need to start is by writing. Some people talk about world building, or scene setting. Some people talk about characters. Some people start with a plan.
I say, ditch all of the above and just jump straight into writing.
Because until you jump in you don’t really know where your idea is going to take you. Whether it is a single scene or an epic ending, it doesn’t matter just write it down.
Some people get very fixated on where to start, as if you cannot begin unless you have a firm container in which to place the story.
Writing doesn’t need a container. It just needs a writer and an idea.
When a writer begins writing, something magic happens. They start thinking about what happens before the seed idea, and what happens after…and what happens much later…and what happens much earlier. And before you know it, a rough timeline of events is established.
None of this happens until you begin to write so don’t feel you need a plan, or a character profile, or a fully fleshed out world before you can begin. You will need all of these things, but not right now. Now is for fun, and for playing and testing your idea.
Some of these new ideas will become backstory that may be discarded later on.
Some of the ideas may not fit in with the overall story as you fill in the gaps, and you may discard them too.
Once you have enough ideas, or scenes, you can plan, and flesh out character profiles, and worlds, or locations if need be…but not until you have enough ideas to at least hint at a story.
Ideas do not always become a full story, so don’t feel bad if you try and then find it goes nowhere.
Keep thinking, keep generating and testing ideas. The more you practice writing and using your ideas, the more ideas will come. Eventually one of them will become a story, a real story, a full story.
And that’s when the real writing begins 🙂