When developing story ideas, think about your characters' attitudes towards family, friends, sex, freedom of speech, work, law and order, personal rights, abortion, drugs and drink. With one character supporting one side of the argument and the other character supporting the opposing side, suddenly you'll see plenty of potential story ideas with clear and strong [...]
When brainstorming ideas for stories: First, ask 'What if... ?' Then ask ‘How does this end?’ Next, ask ‘Who are the characters?’ Finally, ask 'Why do I care?'
Use questions to build your stories. Sit back, put the keyboard aside, or the pen down, and let your mind wander. What things do you want to know? Allow yourself to think up questions. List these questions in your notebook and then put it away and go make yourself a cup of tea (you know [...]
Have some fun with your brainstorming. Start by thinking up some absurd situations and then look at ways at making these rational. As you brainstorm, list scenes and moments. Dig into your characters' lives. Plot the story as you go along and if you need a major plot point, but haven’t come up with the [...]
Wrath, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, avarice, and lust. These unconscious forces achieve more power when they are repressed or denied. Unacknowledged, they can drive us to do and say things against our will. Suppressed, they have more potential to get us into trouble. Use these in your writing to add complexity to your character.