Ideas … concepts … premise …. story

Writerly Debz

I thought I would talk about the concepts we explore in our fiction writing. Publishers talk about looking for high concepts, something with real power. But what are they and how is concept vital to writing?

So you sit there one evening listening to the rain on the window, pitter patter, pitter patter and you think about the sounds memories make as you sit and don’t say a word … then it hits. An idea. But an idea does not a story make.

An idea is more like a seed, it might or might not germinate. But you explore it a little, so I have this idea for a story where  someone goes missing at the same time as some big world event so no one really sees. Sure, it’s an idea but it needs a lot more thinking to turn into a story right? You need a concept…

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