From inspiration to the first draft—how to gather ideas for fiction


The idea of a book can emerge from almost anything: family dynamics, relationships, a character you have known or imagined, your personal sufferings, a fantasy, or a breaking news that brought your attention. But rarely these ideas appear full-blown. They can come to you in a sequence or randomly at different stages of your writing. Somewhere between these ideas and 300-400 pages of fiction, they need to be collected and pulled together in a cohesive manuscript.

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