Brainstorming Your Next Great Idea (Part 1)

We’ve all been there. A sudden flash of inspiration. A story floods our mind. We have characters that seem real, yet unique. Their trials seem realistic, but still interesting. We have this burning idea that we just need to write.

But then. The unthinkable happens.

The story begins dying in us. Little bit by little bit.

What we once thought was so magical seems…boring.

The characters turn flat, we run out of ideas.

And so we move along, until the next bit of magic captures our interest and we go chasing after yet another new story.

So what happened? Why did the story go south?

I honestly don’t know. It’s happened to me several times. I’ll be coming up with an idea inside my head, fleshing it out, and thinking it sounds amazing.

And then.

Bam.

It suddenly seems bland. Not worth continuing on with.

So what’s a writer to do? How do we keep our stories fresh? How do we make sure that we don’t embark on writing a story only to have it die out on us moments later?

There are a few ways I’d like to propose that might help us stay the course in our current writing endeavors. I will be going more in-depth with these in the next writing tips blog posts.

Tip #1: Plan it like you bake it.

Tip #2: Plan it like you eat it.

Tip #3: Plan it like you go out for coffee.

Happy writing!

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