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C. Gold

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Re: How do you normally formulate ideas for stories?
Posted: Nov 1, 2017 5:24 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
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Hehe, well to be fair, I let my voice win because it was right, dagnabbit!
Rick A. Mullins

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Posted: Nov 2, 2017 4:05 AM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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C. Gold,
Almost all of my sci-fi/fantasy books are based on my dreams (my website is also named dreamquestbooks). The few that aren't based on dreams eventually end up there, especially after a 14 to 16 hour, day-long writing marathon ...
~RAM
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Re: How do you normally formulate ideas for stories?
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 5:49 AM   in response to: kyleesnyder in response to: kyleesnyder
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The ideas just come to me. Most of my books are based on real events or things that happened to me. 'The Doll Collection' my crime novel was based on our experience with a violent neighbour.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Doll-Collection-Joanna-Stephen-Ward/dp/1481045059/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
acornwriter

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Posted: Nov 2, 2017 1:20 PM   in response to: Rick A. Mullins in response to: Rick A. Mullins
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That makes sense. :-)
jlr chapman

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Posted: Nov 2, 2017 11:49 PM   in response to: kyleesnyder in response to: kyleesnyder
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I usually keep my eye on the news and other media sources, because I am writing about current issues at the moment. I live in the UK so its all happening over here at the moment. Brexit is giving me some wonderful ideas for storylines.
Elodie

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Re: How do you normally formulate ideas for stories?
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 12:22 PM   in response to: Ned Kelly in response to: Ned Kelly
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Ned Kelly wrote:
Try thinking about a basic outline, then sleeping on it.

Cheers

Ned

For me it's usually the opposite. I dream about something, then try to formulate a proper story around it.
Mary Peebels

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Re: How do you normally formulate ideas for stories?
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 1:59 PM   in response to: kyleesnyder in response to: kyleesnyder
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kyleesnyder wrote:
I know it's probably different for every author. For me, I initially imagine a movie trailer in my head of a story I want to work on and write down some of the key scenes in said trailer to put into the story. I'm the kind of person that imagines that I'm watching a movie when reading a book, so naturally, imagining trailers in my head is the way I get most of my ideas.

So what about the rest of you? How do you formulate your ideas for stories?


I think my way of writing is kind of oddball to what other authors describe. Years ago, I learned to sew my own clothes using a pattern. After making several, I realized that I could create my own pattern designs. For me, writing a book is similar to crafting my own clothes patterns. I have this idea for a book, and I write out short stories that are the pattern parts to the big story. When I feel that I have an entire pattern, I start piecing and pinning them together where they need to go, and sewing them together. After that, I smooth out those rough edges to make it ‘seamless’ in presentation.

Ok, I’m ready for the people in white jackets to come after me with a butterfly net.

Edited for Mary Peebels by: The White Jacket People on Nov 9, 2017 2:39 PM
C. Gold

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Posted: Nov 9, 2017 4:56 PM   in response to: Mary Peebels in response to: Mary Peebels
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Won't be me that sicks the white net holding people on you, not when my characters argue with me all the time. ;)
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Posted: Nov 9, 2017 8:29 PM   in response to: Mary Peebels in response to: Mary Peebels
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Love this. I sew without patterns too. I love the clothes that I make for myself. They fit perfectly! :-)
Mary Peebels

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Posted: Nov 13, 2017 11:23 AM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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C. Gold wrote:
Won't be me that sicks the white net holding people on you, not when my characters argue with me all the time. ;)

So do mine, but most of the time, I win.
Mary Peebels

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Posted: Nov 13, 2017 11:28 AM   in response to: acornwriter in response to: acornwriter
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acornwriter wrote:
Love this. I sew without patterns too. I love the clothes that I make for myself. They fit perfectly! :-)

A perfect fit is one of the good things. I do my own creations, but I've also made replicas from favorite movies, like Kim Novak's wardrobe in Bell, Book and Candle.
Michael Boice

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Re: How do you normally formulate ideas for stories?
Posted: Nov 23, 2017 3:49 AM   in response to: kyleesnyder in response to: kyleesnyder
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A really great question. I would imagine it is different for everyone, there is no right answer here. Being bitten by the bug to write a novel can be scary and undoubtedly daunting. The first thousand words, the hardest. For me, I took a premise, a simple idea and slowly began to think about it. In this order for me:
Is it a book or series? A book definitely should be outlined first. At least the first 10 chapters.
A series as well, only continue the outline for future books, adding when this or that happens.
Where does it start? Is it a jump to it first chapter with reflection later or a slow build revealing things as you go?
Don’t sit at a blank page until the story starts to spill out of your head. You will know.
Make notes, use a whiteboard if need be.
I still have a day job, find your imagination time of day. Mine is that hour-long commute with coffee. I bought an inexpensive voice recorder and take notes as I drive. You would be amazed at what you can come up with.
Smell the roses along the way, worrying those white blank pages doesn’t do you any good.
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