Building Your Bouquet of Stories

When I buy flower seeds I read the back of the package first. It tells me what kind of sunlight, soil, and climate this little seed needs to thrive. It also says how long it will take before I see any blooms, sometimes it takes months, a big investment.

Like a flower, how do you know your seed of an idea will bloom into the story you desire? There are no handy seed packet info sheets on story ideas.

How do you tell if your idea is a seed worth planting, weeding, watering, and nurturing. Is it even worth your time? Ask these questions about your idea and see what kind of answer you get from them:

  1. Why this character?
  2. Why this world?
  3. Why this era/time?
  4. What am I trying to say with this story?
  5. What do I want my readers to come away with from my story?

In the end it’s all about making the readers care enough about your characters and story to stick with you through the end. The readers have to care.

Having a solid answer to the questions about will tell you how sturdy your stems will be, how big your blooms, and how much time it will take to get there. Will the story challenge you as a writer? Is it for fun? All are valid reasons to plant the seed of an idea and cultivate it. But a gardener looking to sell a bouquet of blooms chooses them with care. So you as a writer should choose with care the ideas to put your creative time and energy into.

In the end, your bouquet of blooming stories are going to draw an agent or publisher your way. Be sure your bouquet has variety, structure, and beauty that represents you as an author. A story bouquet only you can make.

Happy Questing!

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