Ideas come from public places…
I love this technique. It really uses my ability and fondness of ear wigging and being nosey.
Sometimes, the best snippets of dialogue can be found in a public place.
I remember once, listening to a full on argument about a bus pass taking place over the phone on a bus. It was great because I only got one side of the story from the woman sitting behind me, but some of the phrases she came out with were priceless.
I then regenerated the conversation, but with two of my own characters and changed the bus pass to a gun. Needless to say, the scene became quite dramatic!
So these are three ways in which I generate ideas.
Of course there are plenty more ways to generate ideas, some of which will fit the way you work a lot better.
Hopefully these processes will help me over the next few days to develop a plotline for my Scriptwriting Frenzy.
If all else fails, there seems to be a great plotline generator on the Scriptwriting Frenzy website.
For all those taking part….good luck!
The views and opinions in this article are that of my own and not my employer.