You’re finally ready to sit down and work on a new screenplay, but find yourself hitting a brick wall when it comes to coming up with your next screenplay idea? In this article, we cover three easy ways that you can generate story ideas so that you can get to writing. Let’s dive right in!
COMBATING WRITER’S BLOCK
The first step to generate story ideas is to get over writer's block. While writer’s block can be a very real experience, getting over writer’s block and getting into a routine can really help your writing process in the long run. If you want to dive deeper into how to overcome writer’s block, be sure to check out our article Push Through, Beloved!: Combatting Writer’s Block.
WHAT MAKES A “GOOD” STORY IDEA?
Now that writer’s block is out of the way (good riddance), let’s break down the ins and outs of idea generation. Just because you have an idea, doesn’t necessarily mean you have a story. While generating a viable story idea doesn’t mean you need to have a complete beginning, middle, and end, it does mean that the story needs to be composed of the very basic story elements.
When sitting down to generate story ideas, consider the following aspects: Who is the protagonist? What is their goal? What is at stake? Considering these story elements up front will aid in saving you time in the long run once you sit down to write and realize the story doesn’t have much going for it other than being a “cool idea.” Below are three easy tips to consider when generating story ideas.
3 EASY TIPS TO GENERATE STORY IDEAS
HAVE A GREAT STORY IDEA, BUT WONDER WHAT’S NEXT?
Generating story ideas can be challenging, but knowing what’s at the core of a great story idea can help the process go smoothly when it’s time for you to sit down to generate new ideas. So, you landed on a great story idea and want to see if your idea is popping off? Check out our Development Notes service to get personalized feedback from one of our Story Experts and take your screenplay to the next level!