The Stages of Writing

David W. Wright

As with any job, sometimes writing has its good days.

Other times, not so good days.

One of the questions I most get from non-writers, and even some writers who have a hard time coming up with ideas they want to write about, is where do you get your ideas?

But a story isn’t JUST an idea.

There’s a lot more to it, and I figured I’d share my process from start to finish of how a story is born.

STAGE ONE—THE SEED

An idea can come from anywhere. It can be inspired by anything: daydreaming, thinking in the shower or on a walk, a snippet of conversation, a news story, an article, a book, a TV show, a movie, and, as often is the case with me, dreams. Usually it starts with a What If?

What if people woke up one day and the rest of the world’s population…

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