Good Ideas Vs Good Stories
I notice it’s been a little while since I last posted here. Sorry. I’ve been a bit under the weather and I’ve been busy, mostly with writing. Some of what I’ve written I’m pleased with, other stories, erm, not so much. It’s reminded me, and I think this is a really, really important lesson for anyone beginning to write, that a good idea does not guarantee a good story. But not being able to turn a good idea into a good story does not make you a bad writer.
There are often other ways to tell it (two of the best things, in my opinion, that I’ve written, have been tackled from half a dozen different angles) and, probably more often, it just doesn’t work. And that’s fine. Knowing when to give up and move on’s a really healthy thing to learn – that’s probably as important as learning that writing something good takes a lot of time and hard work.
And let’s not forget, of course, that there are other good ideas that do make good stories.
So, um, that’s what I think about that.