I really enjoy “The Writer’s Dig” maintained by Brian A. Klems over at WritersDigest.com. And I think this article, penned by guest blogger, writing authority, and bestselling author, Elizabeth Sims, is among some of the best content to come from that corner of the writing world. Thanks again, Brian, for all you do!
Read the entire article by clicking the link below, and enjoy an excerpt introducing her 4-step process to taking that idea and making it a “great story!”
It’s not hard to get inspired by a great concept, to take it to your table or toolshed or cellar and do some brainstorming, and even to start putting the story on paper—but eventually, many of us lose traction. Why? Because development doesn’t happen on its own. In fact, I’ve come to think that idea development is the No. 1 skill an author should have.
How do great authors develop stunning narratives, break from tradition and advance the form of their fiction? They take whatever basic ideas they’ve got, then move them away from the typical. No matter your starting point—a love story, buddy tale, mystery, quest—you can do like the great innovators do: Bend it. Amp it. Drive it. Strip it.
Bend. Amp. Drive. Strip.
It’s BADS, baby, it’s BADS.