Ideas Are Cheap

There are a lot of books out there, and many of them stem from two or three concepts that are not always clear to the reader. These concepts, of course, come together to form an idea for a novel or a short story and give the reader something worth reading. But there’s something that they never tell you when it comes to creating an idea for a book.

To be honest, ideas are cheap.

When I say that, I’m paraphrasing Brandon Sanderson’s lectures at BYU. What Sanderson was discussing in that particular lecture was how we as writers generate ideas for a strong storyline. The truth is, a good writer can take a terrible idea and make a wonderful book out of it. Jim Butcher did this. His Codex Alera novels are something of a combination of Pokémon and the lost Roman legion. The books are all bestsellers.

So, you can write about anything if you approach it the right way. The idea doesn’t matter. All that matters is the writer and their imagination.

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–N.L., 2017


Author: napoleonlovecraft

Napoleon Lovecraft is a blogger and author from the suburbs of Maumelle, Arkansas. Born in 1988, Lovecraft is a lover of the fantasy genre. It is his goal to write in as many fantasy subgenres before he kicks the bucket, with stories ranging from short stories to full-length novels. His debut novel, Kingslayer, is expected to be a unique take on the High Fantasy genre, having been told in first person and aided with footnotes, not to mention the fact that it is set in a non-medieval fantasy world. Lovecraft is studying for his BA in both Professional Writing and Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He lives in Greenbrier, Arkansas with his family, where his dog and seven cats keep him in line.

One thought on “Ideas Are Cheap”

  1. Totally agree. People think it’s all about coming up with the “great idea.” You usually need AN idea, of course, something to hang your hat on, but really, a good 95% of it is in the execution. I’ve sat down with some really dumb ideas before and found them turning into good stories right under my fingers — and sometimes not.

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