BOGGED DOWN? TRY TESTING YOUR STORY IDEA


1. Is it your story to tell? Do you care enough about the subject and the characters? “Write what you know” probably means choose things which matter a lot to you. Things you have a stake in.

2. Is it too personal? Some experiences are too close to us. We haven’t processed the deep emotions enough to put it into perspective for a reader. (Example: loved one killed by drunk driver.)

3. Is it going somewhere? Ask yourself if you can dramatize the idea in a series of scenes. Does it have a plot, is it going somewhere?

4. What’s at stake? How can you show rather than tell why it is so important the character? (Can you render your idea in scenes?)

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