As we head into fall, we are still seeing glorious weather here in Canada! While it is a little chilly at times, it’s great to get out and walk in your neighbourhood, nature paths, parks, on the beach, etc.
Exploring and letting your mind wonder is a great way to help you begin developing your story ideas!
Here are 6 steps to get a story started:
- Really look at the world around you and think about what your story world might look like – What will you take from the present? How will it morph into another world, a world you and your audience would want to spend a lot of time in?
- Imagine what could happen in this world you are creating – Is there a mystery to solve, a romance to develop, interactions to explore?
- Assemble a cast of characters – Look around you who do you see, what are they doing, how are they acting, what are they saying?
- Envision what will happen in the end – Yes, start at the end and work backwards.
- Split the story into happenings – How does it start? What happens at the climax? Then break it down even further into segments that lead from start to middle to end?
- Work on each segment separately – Simply write anything and everything that comes to mind, not worrying if it makes sense or not. ✍️ This is a great way to get ideas flowing and break through any self-doubt about writing.
Then put it all together and add on and edit, edit, and edit — save the editing until you’ve exhausted your creative flow and written it all down. See our article on Writing ~ left-right-brain thinking.