And the feedback I got not only helped me see I had a promising idea, I got more ideas from members of the community about how to make the story even better.
As I wrote the story, I was more confident because of the feedback I had gotten, and when I finished, the story turned great.
In another story, they meet on a bus and her broach gets stuck on his coat. It’s fun because who hasn’t been longing to get to a destination only to be delayed by something unexpected.
In another, they both reach for the last pair of gloves at the department store. In Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” a family is on a road trip to Florida when they get into an accident beside the hideout of a murderer who had just escaped from prison.
That same year, all 13 of the novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize involved the theme of death. How many of them either show a character die or have the character’s dealing with the death of another.orphans, and statistically they appear in stories far more often than in the world.
Orphans are uniquely vulnerable, and as such, they have the most potential for growth. Read more about why you should be writing stories about orphans here.
I recently combined idea #7, the unexpected fortune, along with idea #5, end of a relationship, to create this idea: A writer who is inexperienced with women suddenly gets the courage to date not one but two women—the old friend who had twice rejected him and a barista he’s long been attracted to—but after several months of balancing them, both relationships end leaving him alone.
I then posted the idea for feedback in Becoming Writer.
If the people you share it with aren’t very excited about your idea, consider reworking it or even starting over.
If they start getting visibly excited about the story, on the other hand, then you know you’re onto something.