By: S. Jae-Jones
Where do you get your ideas from?
is a question writers commonly receive,
and is probably one of the hardest ones to answer. Part of that is because the
Idea Generation process is different from writer to writer, and part of it is
because many of us simply don’t know. We might as well say we get our ideas
from IDËA, the Scandinavian idea superstore. Makes as much sense as anything
else we might say.
However, speaking with other writers over the course of the past few months, I’ve noticed that many of us don’t lack for ideas; we just don’t know how to turn those ideas into novels. This is something I’ve struggled with on a current work-in-progress: I’ve had ideas about this book for years (eight years and eight completely rewritten drafts, to be precise), but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I finally figured out how to wrangle the Idea into an actual Novel.
When I look back at all the books I’ve written (finished, that is), I tried to pick apart why I managed to reach the end of this particular story when that one was an abject failure. Because I like programs and formulas and systems-building (even though I hate math), I managed to distill Idea Generation into three components.
Characters, Premise, Plot.
Sounds pretty simple, of course. All books have these three components, but identifying these components is sometimes harder than you think. (Or it was for me, anyway.) If your novel has two of these three components, then the odds of you being able to finish writing it
are pretty high. However, if your novel has only one
of them, then you’ll probably find yourself floundering somewhere in the
dreaded “sagging middle”.
First, some definitions:
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