2. Getting From Idea to Story

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Writing is a Process
It's a journey of discovery. A leap into the unknown. You begin with a blank slate, and fill it in:

Writing is about making connections:

  • Connections in your own mind.
  • Connections between characters, or between characters and their world—what they want or need, what they're doing to or with each other.
  • Connections between your original idea and the elements that turn it into a story.

Always look for connections.

You don't start out knowing all the answers. But with a little luck and hard work, you'll find them along the way.

Remember: To write, you must apply the seat of your pants to a chair, and write. It's the only method that works.

But . . . you don't have to get it right the first time.


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