Questions to Ask, Before Developing an Idea Into a Story

About three months ago, I had a very vivid dream that I thought I could develop into a story. I had a general idea of what I wanted it to be about and was excited about it, but it turned into an exercise in futility. I got so caught up in the fact that it "came from a dream" that I thought it meant more than it actually was. It took a while, before I could accept the fact that I wasted my time trying to develop an idea that would not work, into a story.

Because I believe that a writer's time is valuable and I do not want a fellow scribe wasting his or her time on a useless idea, I wanted to share questions to ask, before developing an idea into a story:

  1. Why do you want to develop this idea into a story? It can't just be a cool idea, it has to hold some meaning.

  2. Does the idea interest you? If it doesn't interest you, then it won't interest anyone else.

  3. Is it substantial enough to expand and become a story? If it is not a solid idea, that is worthy of your time, don't try to make it greater than it is.

Next Wednesday, I will be blogging about book news.