One of my goals for January is to organize my writing stuff. I’ll probably need February and part of March to finish. Anyway, the first things I went through were some papers from the writing binder I put together a few years ago. I had sections for character names, brilliant bits of dialogue, story notes and story ideas.
As I transferred the story ideas to my temporary writing binder, I (re)discovered story ideas I hadn’t thought about in years. Like Karaoke Mom and The Challenge.
I realized a couple of things while reading the blurbs of each story idea.
(1) Many of the story ideas I found aren’t story plots like I thought they were when I initially scribbled them down. They’re the base of the story. And need other stuff to make them into a plot. Like a dish of vanilla ice cream isn’t a sundae until you add the toppings.
(2) Quite a few of my story ideas were generic. They don’t have any sparkle or wowness that would make them stand out from stories in the same genre. I came up with all these story ideas when I was in my depressing Women’s fiction stage. Lots of women discovering their voices and taking journeys to discover themselves.
(3) The most important thing I realized is that I have the skills to make these scoop of vanilla ideas into hot fudge sundaes with sprinkles and two cherries. Karaoke Mom doesn’t have sundae potential, but it does have sundae topping potential so a variation of it will be added to another story idea. With some tweaking and a change of genre, The Challenge can from vanilla plain to sundae yum.
Do you have any vanilla story ideas in your To Write file? If so, do you plan to make them into hot fudge sundae ideas? Bonus question: How do you like your sundaes?