Finding Stories in Aphorisms | Fashionable Belief

Finding Stories in Aphorisms | Fashionable Belief

Aphorisms are especially well-suited to generating story ideas, because they often contain recommended approaches or courses of action that serve as kernels for story themes. The trick is in how to tease out the story elements from the kernel. Religion, Fashion, and...
Finding Stories in the I Ching [Overview]

Finding Stories in the I Ching [Overview]

The I Ching ("Book of Change"), is an original Chinese classic the origin of which may lie as far back as 3,000 BCE. Is it a source of wisdom? Certainly. A source of story ideas? Now, that's an intriguing proposition. Drawing on Ancient Wisdom For thousands of years,...
Finding Theme in the Inciting Incident

Finding Theme in the Inciting Incident

Considering the importance of theme to a story, it behooves the writer to practice finding its hiding places and identifying its species—not to coax it into a cage, but so that she might fully explore the story environment in which it lives. The Importance of Theme...
Finding Stories in Titles [Perfection]

Finding Stories in Titles [Perfection]

Have you ever thought of a phrase and said to yourself, "That would make a good title for a story"? Of course, you have. The trick is figuring out how to grow a story from its title alone. And it's easier than you think. Growing a Story from Its Name It's not uncommon...
Finding Stories in Lyrics [Awareness]

Finding Stories in Lyrics [Awareness]

Song lyrics vary in the ease with which they can be used to generate stories. Some convey a pre-packaged tale; others contain mere kernels of stories, typically nestled inside an outer shell of human emotion. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; Music by Burton Lane,...