Monday, January 08, 2007

I Have An Idea

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ideas. I have hundreds of them. I try to jot them down if they seem particularly interesting or add them to a current WIP. Many seem like they'd make great stories, and I often sit down and begin to write.

I must have a dozen or more short stories begun that I can't find an ending to -- or I know the beginning and the ending, but I don't know how to get the characters there.

Yesterday, I read the latest lesson in the Crusie/Mayer online writing workshop, and in it Bob said:

Idea is not story.

To me, there is a very big difference between the idea and the story. I’ve had great ideas that I couldn’t transform into a story.
And a bit later he said,

It is a big jump from idea to story.
I couldn't agree more.

I really want to flesh out some of these ideas, and brainstormed a bit the past couple of days. I started one short story that would have been for Womans World, except it took on a life of its own and is now at about 2000 words, and the characters show no sign of slowing down. Probably is, I've got this great set up, but I don't know how to get to the HEA with them.


What do you do with "great" ideas that just don't want to work out for you?



Tori Lennox said...

What do you do with "great" ideas that just don't want to work out for you?

I wish I knew. I've been trying to figure this one out myself. *sigh*

Re Jill Churchill, have you read her other series that's set in the 1930s? I love that series!!!

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

What do you do with "great" ideas that just don't want to work out for you?

lol, i blog about mine, but i am so not a writer!

anyway, here via your friend judy, congrats!

M. G. Tarquini said...

I keep them in my idea folder. Someday, they may work out. I have many first chapters written of novels that may never get a second chapter. You never know, a different way of looking at it, a new life experience and that idea may fall into place.

Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words. And congratulations on your new contract.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Keep them for future reference. You just never know when they will pan out, and sometimes they work out when you least expect it.