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Look for stories in unusual places

Read the papers and books, watch the news, listen to the radio, all the while making notes of any interesting ideas.

Can dull and boring ideas be made interesting? What if you raise the stakes, add twists, change locations? By reframing the facts, you will find the stories to want to write.

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The Ideas Box

  1. Find a box.
  2. Fill it with clips of text and photographs clipped from magazines and newspapers.
  3. Give your box a shake. Pull out two or more pieces.
  4. Lay out on the table and work out the connections.
  5. Start writing.
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Finding Stories

Look for stories in newspapers and magazines.  What grabs your attention? Look for the obstacles. What gets in the way? Many stories might seem boring and mundane. Don’t just throw them out. Play around and see if you can find a way of reframing the story to make it funny or frightening.

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Story Brainstorming

Before you begin to write, spend five minutes brainstorming the story.

  • The story world ( history, society, houses, landscapes, art and all other matters)
  • Characters (names, descriptions, attitudes, opinions)
  • Scenes (locations, atmosphere, senses, dialogue, characters)