I agree with Stephen King…

Stephen King “Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognise them when they show up.”
[excerpt from ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King] Stephen King

He’s right. Ideas come at me all the time, doing the most prosaic things. Doing the washing-up, queuing to park at the supermarket, wandering around an art gallery, sitting in a traffic jam. The fun starts when I realize two [or three] bits belong together. It doesn’t work if I force things to fit, so I’ve had to learn to be patient and let things be for a while. Some of my ideas have been kept for years until they find the right home. When a character finds a setting, a setting finds a story, a name in the newspaper fits a so far unnamed character, the resulting buzz is incredible.

Stephen King


‘On Writing’ by Stephen King [UK: Hodder]

If you agree with Stephen King, perhaps you will agree with:-
Rachel JoyceI have to have faith in good stories and good characters winning through
Hilary Mantelyour characters are flickering constructs, they are always on the move
Barbara Taylor Bradfordfor me it all starts with a memorable character

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