Stories begin with an idea or image in mind much as this picture. The picture grow into details and flesh out into actions. I was reading an article the other day where a site said the writing is not work. Apparently, whomever wrote that article has never written anything beyond a school thesis or term paper, had they, then they would know that writing is hard work. It take hours, months and sometime years to put together a story. A novel doesn’t appear over night. Or even within a few weeks. Often an author has worked for years with the idea, polished it, honed the characters, researched them, rewritten the manuscript several times by the time the public get its first glimpse at it.
A story can be created from this image for example: What would one say is coming through those clouds? The limit is your imagination. It could be angels, aliens, fairies or cats and dogs.
But it doesn’t stop there, once they breach the earth’s atmosphere. You have to tell the who, what,why, where and when. Why are they are? What are they? Who are they? Where did they come from? And when will they do what?
Originality is another factor. It’s best find an original scene to base your story upon or if using one told many times over. Then create your own version of it. I just watch a movie, an old movie about “The Fall of the House Usher.” well, it was original, that’s for sure.
It’s sad that this is primary quoted for the sole purpose of not paying authors for their work. By saying it is not work justify not paying the writer. That’s the only reason it is so often repeated. But everything we see produced begun with someone writing a format, plan, diagram or formula.