James Patterson said, "Once you have your original plot condensed, call a friend and share the pitch. Pause for a moment and see if they ask for more. If they do, you might be onto something."
Raw ideas may come to you all the time. I know I come across new ideas all the time and daily sometimes. However, not all those raw ideas are worth turning into stories and this is why it is important to take those ideas and work them into a plot or as James Patterson suggests, "Use your favorite raw idea and write a plot down in 3 to 5 concise sentences." This sounds a bit easier than it is and so I'm here to share two of my raw ideas written down into a 3 to 5 concise sentence plot. Let me know what you think and if you're brave, I'd love for you to share a raw idea written down into a 3 to 5 concise sentence plot.
Raw Idea #1
Coming of age, paranormal, mystery about a young girl, Kayla, who starts
seeing things after the stabbing of her best friend during a house
party in the high desert of California. At first, Kayla doesn't believe
her best friend is indeed dead and later finds her close circle of
friends know more about what happened then they want to let anyone else
think. Kayla starts to feel she is losing her mind and her friends only
help to push Kayla over the edge until she discovers the truth of how
her best friend died and finds herself in danger with no one to trust
but a new kid she hardly knows and who happens to be the son of local
Raw Idea #2
A young girl visits her grandmother who is on her deathbed. The
grandmother gives the young girl a battered leather journal, which looks
used and has some pages sealed or stuck together. Unsure why her
grandmother gave her the journal, the young girl finds herself soon
ripped from her life and in a Central California beach town. Feeling out
of place, alone and depressed as the only person she ever really could
talk to has passed away (her grandmother), the young girl starts to
discover family secrets that put her life in danger.