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Drill Down Into Story Ideas

Many people ask authors where they get their idea . This panel asks: "How do you develop your ideas into stories?" We will take an idea or two and work on how we would turn it into a story."

A reprise of a panel from last bittercon for this one as well.

Based on what sparked the most interest last time, I shall provide some images, and we shall see what sparks. (I may post again on the topic, later in the weekend.)

Some images, of course, are more sparky than others. Take, for instance, one like this:

Very pretty, but suggests neither character nor plot nor setting beyond the observation of spring in a temperate climate. At least to me.

If you held a gun to my head, I might come with something about its being a magical bough that opens doors or something, or its being the answer to a challenge: in a city known for its artificiers of delicate metal work, especially of flowers, bring them a flower that their master metalworkers can't duplicate.

Do any of you have more notions?

Or take this one:


Ah, a figure! And in action! Always useful for inspiration, as long as it doesn't make you feel locked in. . . .

A nymph come out of the sea to comb her hair, make lilies blossom with her passing, and dazzle the geese with her beauty? A goosegirl who found a comb among the flotsam and put it to good use, without even guessing that it was not a merely human comb? Or someone else entirely?

Or this:

Is the child ill? Is she working on some magical thread that has to be spun by night, and taking a break to contemplate her child?
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