Coming Up with the Idea
Ideas are everywhere, all the time, you just have to start looking. A story on the news, an overheard conversation, a dream. It just takes a single spark to ignite a story, whether that’s a piece of flash fiction, a short story, a novel, that’s really up to you.
The idea can seem small at first, but the more you work with it, the larger it can get.
I always get a bubbling sense of excitement when I know it’s the right story to focus on. It’s hard to describe, but it’s this feeling that this idea has something special about it. For me, the story has to matter, it has to connect to something bigger than me: a concept, a situation, an event.
I get bored easily, so if it has enough depth to explore, then that’s the idea I go with.
“What if sugar and fat are addictive?”
“What if sugar became illegal, like drugs?”
“What would the world be like?”
“What would I do?”
“How would I feel if I couldn’t bake?”
From those simple questions The Choice was born. The story changed a lot as I wrote it, but the core idea of a world where sugar was illegal and baking was a crime never changed.
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Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.