Coffee & Content: Never Run Out of Story Ideas with These Inspiring Tips

Coffee & Content: Never Run Out of Story Ideas with These Inspiring Tips

Coffee & Content: Never Run Out of Story Ideas with These Inspiring Tips

Happy Sunday, Creative Army!

Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee, and let's dive in.

We kicked off our 8th Annual November Write Club this past week (and gave out some great prizes on Instagram Live). So many people have already announced their goals for the month, and I'm incredibly inspired by the wealth of creativity and, even more importantly, the support that this community shares with one another. I want to keep the momentum going and have a few inspiring resources to help you generate more ideas if you haven't already set a goal for the Write Club or if you want to challenge yourself to come up with more ideas so that you're always ready when an executive asks you, "What else you got?"

First up, Script Reader Pro has five tried-and-true methods to help you generate new story ideas, no matter what your writing style. These tips focus on getting your mind into a fresh setting so that you relax and can spark inspiration. They're great exercises for making space in your mind for new stories or even helping you spark something when you find yourself hitting a wall.

Next, novelist Abbie Emmons takes writers through a more detailed process to form new ideas through steps that lean into the kinds of stories you're passionate about and will fit your unique voice. While she's speaking to book writers, this process works just as well for screenplays, short films, stage plays, and other kinds of stories. Stage 32 friend and renowned Story Editor at WME, Chris Lockhart, often says that you should make sure that your logline "works" before you start writing that script since it will include the essential ingredients of your story and provides a clear target to reference and guide you while you're writing. Abbie's idea-generating process gives you the elements you need to establish that strong logline and know your idea is worthwhile.

Lastly, I want to highlight two episodes of the phenomenal screenwriting podcast The Screenwriting Life with Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna. The first is an early episode focused on taking your idea from concept to script, ensuring that you have a fully-formed idea. For the second episode, Meg and Lorien interview fellow Pixar creative Andrew Stanton, the writer/director behind Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and more. He covers the method used with every project that comes through Pixar, and you can use it to get inspired and test your ideas.

As always, here at Stage 32, we love to share stories and knowledge with our fellow film fans. Know someone who would love this content? Share it with them! Tag them below! You can keep up with all of our content by subscribing to the Stage 32 YouTube. For more inspirational, educational, and motivational content on all things entertainment industry, follow me on Instagram and Twitter @rbwalksintoabar.

Wishing you a very happy, healthy, & creative Sunday.



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Richard "RB" Botto

Richard "RB" Botto

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter, Voice Artist

Richard "RB" Botto has created the online platform and marketplace designed to democratize the entertainment industry, Stage 32. By leveling the playing field for all film, television and digital content creators and professionals worldwide, Stage 32 provides networking and training opportunities as...

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