How to Use the Story Creation Handbook

For whom is this book designed?

You will find potentially thousands of story options in these pages. But where you choose to begin depends on your particular needs.

There are several groups for whom this book might prove absolutely invaluable, including (but not limited to):

1. Those who want to write a story but are stuck for where to begin.

Just begin at the beginning of the book and work your way through. Each page of the prompt section provides the seed of an idea plus innumerable ways of bringing that idea to life. Vary the routes, genres, combinations, characters and more to invent vibrant, energy-filled fiction each time.

2. Those who have been given a ‘brief’ by a publication or competition and need something that fits.

Take the magic framework given by this book and work it according to your brief. For example, if you need to write a Romance story featuring an old man, start with the ‘Wise Old Man’ archetype, plug him into the Comic genre (which includes romance), select a setting and some images and off you go. In no time, you will have created an entirely original story using templates which readers will recognise and love.

3. Those who have written something which doesn’t quite ‘work’.

Run your piece through the framework and see if you can spot what’s missing. Feed in the missing ‘bits’ and watch your story come to life.

4. Those who want