The other day, as I was out driving, an story idea struck me. It was just the kernal of an idea really, a shell. I saw the cast of characters and I saw the setting. But, as I kept chewing it over, I realized that the whole story would revolve around one sinister plot.
And . . . what that plot is, I have no clue.
So, I’ve been thinking a lot about ideas and how they develop into plots. Because, let’s face it, you can have a premise or a theme or a main character in mind and go ahead and start writing, but if you don’t have at least the skeleton of a plot, you’ll run aground pretty fast. That, or you’ll kind of wander for fifty pages until a plot presents itself.
The trouble is, it’s not easy to just think up a plot. Unfortunately, I can’t just wiggle my nose and have a workable story idea pop out of thin air. I’m no Samantha Stephens. (I’ve actually tried to wiggle my nose at a sink full of dirty dishes, but much to my disappointment, they just sat there.)
So, I’ve been curious to ask all of you. Please feel free to share in the comments section. How do you develop your early shreds of an idea into the plot for a novel?