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Ideas are easy. The ideas for stories are everywhere, they light like fireflies on a hot July night, linger in the smell of fresh baked bread, are tucked into conversations with friends. If you look around and take note, they will come to you.
Turning ideas into a story is hard. It can drive you to your knees with frustration when the words that danced through your brain with such grace congeal on the page like overcooked oatmeal and you have to throw them out and start all over again. That’s the process, write, read, repeat, until maybe something that looks just a little like what was in your mind begins to take shape.
The writer’s art is in the transformation of idea to story. You’ll find libraries worth of books on how to make this happen. The truth is, it happens differently for everyone. The process that works for me might well not work for you. Heck, it might not work for me next week or next month.
Transformation is an elusive thing, partly based on craft and partly on alchemy. Like Rumplestilskin, we take the straw of thoughts and notions and pictures and sound and smell and emotion and weave it into story. We hope for gold, though sometimes we get dross. We keep at it, and if we’re very lucky, we create something beautiful and shiny and worthwhile. Or at least something we like well enough to share with the world.
'til next time