SCBWI's Blueboard - A Message & Chat Board

An Ideal Word?

Discussion started on

I'm sitting in my writing haven after not writing much, but thinking a lot and it has given me a burst of curiosity about other writers, so here's my question: when does your story idea become a plot?
For me, it's when I can think of nothing else and the character won't leave me alone! :aah :naughty
Thanks, TE.
#1 - November 24, 2017, 06:11 AM

Veni Sancte Spiritus!
Global Moderator
Poster Plus
  • **
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region carolinas
Interesting question. Almost all stories begin in my mind with some sort of image, usually a character in a pickle. How did he or she get there? What happens next? If my imagination takes off with the possibilities, I know the story has legs (or plot). There are lots of images that are static, that are nice but don't really pose interesting questions and solutions. Sometimes they need to be married to another image or idea to have legs. I love beginnings with all the possibilities.
#2 - November 24, 2017, 07:30 AM
Little Thief! Max & Midnight, Bound, Ten Easter Eggs & 100+ bks/mags

My ideas take usually shape from a situation and a "What if?" question. If I can start answer the "what if," characters usually start to appear with their own solutions and complications.  From there it's  fleshing out process, and if  the characters and situation seem to meld, then I know I have something that I can work with. 

 Apparently, it's all about the "If" in my process! 
#3 - November 24, 2017, 10:00 AM

Global Moderator
Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region longislandny
I need a character and a situation and an ending. It's like V's images above, except that for me, it has to have a destination. (This is especially true for longer works.) If I can't see the potential end, there is no point to beginning.

Shorter works often grow more organically and to a tune of an old song. (See my Yankee Poodle in the crit section.) Some were inspired by my kids and real situations.
#4 - November 24, 2017, 09:25 PM
Twitter: @dvilardi1

Great responses, guys. Thanks.
Another source of inspiration and idea is when I overhear something, often walking down the street, but usually where I am now:in the coffee haven. It is a bustling chocolate cafe where younger folk hang about and what they say can inspire all sorts of thoughts!
#5 - November 25, 2017, 05:38 AM


0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.