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Creating a Constant Stream of Stories

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5 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Idea 1

    • 3. Idea 2

    • 4. Idea 3

    • 5. Class Project

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About This Class

This class is the perfect starting point for any aspiring author in need of a creative idea.    In this class, I will share three ideas that can be used to over and over again to create a never-ending stream of story ideas.

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Hi Everyone! My name's Heather and my passion is finding ways to make a living from the comfort of home.  My plan is to create courses to help you learn to do the same.    My lessons will revolve around, ways to make money from home, how to earn passive income, Living frugally, and cooking healthy, easy meals for your family.  Whether you want to be able to stay home with your kids, or you just want to ditch your cubicle, I hope you find that my courses will help you on your journey!   

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1. Intro: Hi, everyone. I'm so excited that you decided to join this class, creating a constant stream of stories. Beat writer's block With these three idea sources, every writer has felt the need for inspiration. From time to time, you set down with a blank page or a computer screen in front of you, and you just don't know where to start. I have had this problem as well, especially since I've set the goal of making a full time living as a writer. Focusing on Kendall Short reads these air much shorter than the typical novel and are growing rapidly in popularity. The short length means that I can produce much more of them as long as I have a large supply of ideas. In this lesson, I will teach you my favorite three idea sources that will never run, try and are easily accessible to anyone. It's time to say goodbye to writer's block 2. Idea 1: idea. Number one. The News. The news is an amazing source for story ideas. I'm sure you've all heard the term stranger than fiction, and it really is true. Things that people have done in real life can be much stranger than anything of the imagination. You can look at the national news are the local news depending on what kind of story you would like to write? National news would be best if you're writing a political or crime novel. Local news would be best if you're doing a more heartfelt feel good story. You can capture your article ideas and organize them in two different ways. If you want to keep everything Elektronik the interest, it's a great free resource for saving your articles and organizing them in different categories. The second way will appeal to those who enjoy being crafty. You can sit the articles out of the physical newspaper and you sheet protectors to organize them in a binder. I used this technique when I saw an article about how local movie theater staff dressed up as superheroes for the opening of a big blockbuster. They accepted donations from people to date pictures with them and the money was used to benefit local high schools. So I used the basic idea of this article to create my own story. The Crystal Theater. Here's a brief synopsis. Ko Hera has just been fired from her dream job as she's walking down Mystery of Crystal Harbor. She comes across a for sale sign in front of the Crystal Theater and decides to buy it. She falls in love with Ben, one of the employees, as he brings out the fun, carefree side of her she didn't know she had. She especially loves how he will dress up as a superhero for movies they're showing to entertain the local Children. Kate's parents come to town and are furious that she's made such a rash decision to buy the struggling small of ham movie theater and want her to sell it and come work at her father's company. She refuses because she's come toe love her life with then her parents hire a building inspector to come to the theater, and he finds thousands of dollars worth of problems that need to be brought up to code or the theater will be closed. Kate doesn't have the money to fix it, but she gets the idea that they could have saved the Crystal Theater Town fair with food games and pictures with superheroes. Maybe they would receive enough donations to save the theater. So you can see how I created a story around the general idea of movie theater staff dressing up as superheroes. I added the main character, Kate, a supporting character, then the villains, Kate's parents and a problem. How are they going to get the money to see the theater? The article about dressing up like superheroes gave me the idea for a solution to the problem, so I just had to think up a problem for them toe have and how dressing up like superheroes would help them fix it. 3. Idea 2: idea. Number two is journaling. Journaling is a great way to hone your craft. It's a writer, I recommend at the end of the day, sitting down and writing about your day is that if you're telling the story with yourself as the main character, you could include dialogue of what people said to you and describe facial expressions that you notice when you talk to them. Describe the setting in this much detail as possible by including senses like smell and sound, the two co workers have an argument. Rewrite What happened to practice writing scenes with tension and to your story? What I find most useful for inspiration from journaling is playing a what if game. One day my friend and co worker Jane didn't show up for work. We didn't get a notification from our manager that she had called in, and she wasn't answering her phone. She did eventually show up, but for a while we were really worried. This could be the perfect intro to a story. If we ask ourselves what if they never showed up and we had to solve the mystery of why she disappeared? Or what if I asked anyone if anyone had heard from Jane and all of my co workers acted, confused and said, Who's Jane? And I laughed and said, The person who usually sets in the corner desk over there. But when I look over, there's a man setting there that I have never seen before, and everyone else just seems to be familiar with them. Is it some sort of office conspiracy to cover out Jane's disappearance? Or did it enter a parallel dimension where Jane never really existed? Do you want to write an exciting thriller? Start journaling about your fears. We all have them. One of mine is walking to my car at night. I always check before I get there to make sure there isn't a murderer. Hide it in the back seat. I know it's silly, but in my journal I could write about what would happen if someone really was hiding back there. What would he dio and how would I escape? This is a great practice for writing different scenarios into your book. In bonus, you'll be ready of an axe. Murder ever does turn up in the back seat of your car 4. Idea 3: the end Number three dreaming dreams there a place where your imagination knows no limit. The only problem is that it's very difficult to remember your dreams when they're over. I know it is for me. I can usually remember my dreams only after I've woken up, like immediately after and then they're gone. If you wake up in the middle of the night after a dream, the temptation will be strong to go right back to sleep so strong so you can make it easy on yourself by got loading a free voice record, quarter app on your phone and having that open before you go to bed. That way, if you wake up after your dream, all you need to do is pick up your phone hip the record button and see everything that you remember about Eugene. You can write it down in a more coherent way later, but this will make sure that your ideas don't get lost in the meantime, So studies have shown that B vitamins can help with dream recall, and I do find that if I take my multivitamin before bed or even just after dinner, I could have a better chance of remembering my dreams more vividly, but has always always check with your doctor before changing up any medication schedule. So I had a dream ones that I was a kid walking down the street on Halloween night with a bunch of other kids, and we saw a candy store that we had never seen before. We go inside and we're trapped by a witch who locks us in there with nothing to eat but candy and soda. There's a button that she pushes open a panel in the floor that contains this giant man eating spider, and she threatens to throw us in the spider pit if we get out of line. I know it's a crazy story that I had a long, long time ago, and for some reason that's one of them that I remember. And I'm gonna put it into a scene of this science fiction series. I'm working on where the kids traveled to another dimension that's a lot like their own in search of their friend, who's been kidnapped by a witch. When they get trapped in the candy store, they realize that the witch has turned their friend into her pat rave ID And I don't think that I would have thought of this crazy story line if I hadn't had the inspiration for my dream for it. So dreams really can be be powerful, uh, ways to get ideas. 5. Class Project: I really hope this class has been helpful to you. I created it because I really understand that sometimes when we're trying to think of story ideas, it's very difficult not to base thumb off of things that have already been done before. Take, for example, the multiple retellings of Cinderella and a Christmas Carol. Don't get me wrong. They're great stories, but I think it will be okay if I never see another remake of a tail that's been told over and over again. With these three ideas, however, you'll be able to create stories that are interesting, unique and anything but cookie cutter. So your class project is to try one of thes three ideas and write a short paragraph describing a hero, a villain and a problem that the heroine must solve. If you want to go into more detail and write a whole plot outline or a short story, please feel free to do so. I would love to read them. If you decide to try all three of these techniques, tell the class which ones worked best for you. So thank you so much for taking this writing class. Everyone, and best of luck to you