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Put a Ring on It

How to Know If Your Story Idea Is “The One”

Erika Robuck

When you sit down to write, do you stare at the blank screen or page with a sinking feeling of dread, as if you were about to enter unexplored tundra? Or do you have so many ideas clamoring for space in your mind that it’s as if a murder of crows has taken up residence there? Wouldn’t it be nice if a dating site for writers existed where we could plug in our passions and get paired with a series of perfect story matches?

Inspiration comes to us in different forms: a difficult childhood, an overheard conversation, a news story, a historic tour. Often these experiences are the catalyst for the greater work, but in a process fraught with insecurity and self-doubt, how do you ...

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