Most times, my story ideas begin with someone in a sticky situation. If his/her predicament is intriguing enough, I start thinking about what else could happen. The first ideas don’t get written down immediately. If they keep returning and I’m able to expand on them, then I make notes.
My biggest thrill in storytelling comes from watching characters become different people as they face and overcome their challenges. Coming up with interesting plot twists does provide a challenge, but I get intense satisfaction from moulding story characters into people with admirable qualities (mostly) by story’s end.
Though I consider people my most important ingredient, I’m aware that without an interesting premise and plot, my story will fall flat.
You might want to have a look at David Baboulene’s take on that here. Scroll down the page a little bit until you get to the article.
Here’s to the start of a productive week.