Ideas are the building blocks of stories. All it takes is a great idea to get a story going, and other awesome ideas to keep it rolling along. It can start anywhere from a super awesome character, a setting, a theme, an event, even cool technology and other items or thoughts that can give a story its original spark. Without that originating idea, stories would never be born or even conceived in the first place, so to be a writer it’s essential to be a collector of ideas.
Where do ideas come from? That’s an easy answer, but with an application that’s hard to apply at times. But let’s start with the answer first.
Anyone who’s participated in NaNoWriMo has experienced the benefits of completing the challenge. Who doesn’t like the accomplishment of writing 50,000 words in one month? Who doesn’t like the idea of having a first draft of a novel completed, or at least a good chunk of it done? It’s also a freeing experience to break past the inner editor’s vigilance and into the realm of unbridled writing. But what of the downside of doing NaNoWriMo?