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A few people have asked me recently how I develop my stories, so I thought I'd share a few quick tips.

1) Get a randomly brilliant idea while taking my morning shower. You know, because I’m not already working on at least five other “brilliant” ideas, and adding another in just for kicks and giggles will be awesome.

2) Frantically scribble my ideas from the shower into the first notebook I can pick up from my desk while brushing my teeth and trying not to run late for work.

3) Get to work and forget everything about the idea I didn’t write down.

4) Get home and try to work on the idea. No luck.

5) Go to bed … then come up with even more great material for the idea at 1:00am right before I fall asleep. Write all this down as sloppily as possible in a different notebook I always keep beside my bed for this very reason.

6) Try to write on my lunch break the next day. Spend the entire time on tumblr instead.

7) A few days go by. After a few more post-shower and late-night scribble sessions, I finally sit down and study my notes and try to write some kind of synopsis.

8) Try to type up notes. Give up after 1.5 paragraphs. Take them to work and scan them into a PDF instead. Cause, you know, that’s totally better than just reading them from a notebook.

9) Obsessively collect images from tumblr and deviantART that related to this new story idea.

10) Actually start writing the story. JUST KIDDING! I have to decide between making stir-fry or eating Ramen for dinner. Ramen it is ... and how about some Netflix while I'm at it.


In all seriousness, though, this is exactly how I "develop" my story ideas. It's not pretty, but somehow I make it work, and sometimes I even write the actual story. :faint: I've never developed a story the same way twice, and I'm always trying different techniques. I can't really say one works better than the rest. You've just got to put in the time.

In the end, a story is a collection of ideas and thoughts, and I almost always have to let them simmer in my head a while before they tell me exactly what they're meant to become. 
  • Listening to: The great iPhone shuffle
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  • Eating: Onion bagel
  • Drinking: Iced tea


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United States
I like to consider myself a nerd with class--not because I'm classy but because I enjoy the classic things in life. I'm the kind of person who notices all the little specks of beauty and inspiration that tend to hide just out of sight everywhere we look. I'm passionate about living a life of creativity and enjoy writing, design, photography, and architecture to name a few of my favorites.

I'm currently living in Ohio, and I work at a gun shop for my day job and train dogs as my side job. Not even kidding. I have an interesting life.

Give a llama, get one back!


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Sutsuki-Sensei Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Thanks a bunch for the llama~
illuminara Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
Andso Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Hi Grace, thanks for the great llama back to me and a big thanks for the watch!
illuminara Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! =D
Falkras Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the llama^^
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