The Idea by Erik Bork
The entire book title: The Idea, the seven elements of a viable story for screen, stage, or fiction.
I will be giving away a copy of this book sometime in the next week.
Would YOU like to add it to your library?
Simply send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me how
you think this book would help You and Your Process.
Everyone who sends me an email will be eligible for the prize:
A paperback of the book sent to you at your home address.
I added this book to my reference library a few years ago because I wanted to understand how other people came up with their ideas. As always, I doubted myself. I find it strange that my ideas come to me in the shower, or as I’m just starting to come out of a deep sleep. (I’ve since learned that I’m very lucky to have this happen.)
In Bork’s book, he stresses how finding an idea is the most important part of the writing process – in fact, it’s the FIRST part of any writing project.
Developing the idea fully is key to understanding where you want to take your storyline, but all too often, writers rush right through development and simply start writing.
Bork sites how lack of understanding the idea and sufficiently developing it can kill a project. So, he outlines the seven key ingredients in stories that have a chance of selling and appealing to a wide audience.
They are as follows:
- and Solving the Problem
Bork analyzes each of these key ingredients and how they are important to the premise of the central idea of your writing project.
I found the book to be well-written and easy to follow. I know that after reading it, I found myself analyzing my idea before I began to write. It simply no longer makes sense to pursue a project that won’t go anywhere.