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Developing that initial idea (pt. 1 – Story)

Ideas come at writers in different forms. A new character will hit you harder than the boyfriend of that cute blonde you’re checking out. A storyline will appear faster than that rash after your last night out. A new world will spread around you like the blood of that hooker you murdered “by accident”.

I’ve had thousands of ideas over the years, each fitting into one of the above categories. So let’s look at them one by one, and how you can build your novel/ series/ erotic comic book around them.

First up…


Getting an idea for a story out of nowhere is a bit of gem. People will tell you character drives story and those people are right, but you still need a story. In much the same way people drive cars, but what use is that if you don’t have one? I find it’s often hard to know what characters you need without the story in mind.

Still, it can be difficult to progress. You might have an idea for one scene, and your job is to expand this in each direction. Did you think up an ending? Well, how the bloody hell did you get there? A beginning? Where do you go from here? Or somewhere in the middle… Christ, now you have to go backwards and forwards.

Initial story ideas take thought but don’t let them mess you around. Play with them in your mind, write a few things down if it helps, test the story idea. Where does it begin, where does it end? This doesn’t have to be in any great detail, but you need to know if this story idea has strength enough to carry over an entire novel or even a short story.

Test that bitch and, if it keeps growing, if it makes sense, act on it. Drop characters into it, decide they’re shit, throw them away, and start again. Build your world around it. If the story works, this won’t be too difficult.

And, if it doesn’t stand the test? If it won’t grow? If you get frustrated trying to put characters that make any sense into it? If that world won’t thrive?

Throw that fucker away!

Stories are like attractive flirts in a bar. If they’re hot enough, you’ll be desperate for the relationship to go places. The trouble is, sometimes it won’t, and you can spend years chasing down something that is never going to work until you end up so frustrated you turn into a violent alcoholic.

I know I’ve been there.

Don’t let this be you. Take the story, let it excite you. Try to flesh it out, but if it doesn’t work, don’t let it kill you because another idea will come and, sooner or later, it’ll be a winner.

Just gotta be patient.

Next up… Character

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International worst-selling author Mark Ayre has been writing since before he could pick up a pen (somehow). An author of mystery and suspense novels including the James Perry Series of mysteries.

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  1. I need to to thank you for this great read!! I absolutely
    enjoyed every bit of it. I’ve got you bookmarked to check out new things you

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