How many times has it happened to you? You’re sitting there and, all of a sudden, inspiration strikes! A new story idea pops into your head — an exciting, high concept outline that gets your blood pumping with possibilities…

And then you realize that the real work needs to start. That golden overview needs to become a fully fleshed-out story, complete with the necessary plot points, character arcs, themes and transformations.

It’s all a bit daunting, but there’s no way around it.

To help out with this battle, here’s a video by author Vivien Reis, who regularly posts useful insights on her YouTube channel. It’s about 8 minutes long, but packs a lot of value in the short time. Enjoy!

What do you think? Do you find Vivien’s ideas enlightening? What steps do YOU take when that first story nugget appears in your head? Discuss in the comments!

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