I was especially interested in Appendix B of the book, headed "385 Story Starters." His directions are:
- Think about people, places and events that have shaped your life. Consider milestones, turning points, and times of transition. (He lists 42 suggestions.)
- Look at significant objects from your life... (He lists 9 suggestions; you could think of many more.)
- Use the story starter as a springboard to think about related biblical issues..Or, think of related biblical images...Or, think of related biblical incidents. (He lists 385 possibilities in these 3 categories.)
These 9 pages are a treasure trove of story ideas. Any one of us could use Steven's list to come up with hundreds of story ideas, all different.
I won't reproduce his list here, out of respect for Steven's work (not to mention respect for the copyright laws), but you can make your own lists of these 3 types of things. Use these Story Starters the next time your WIP flags a bit. It'll encourage you to realize that the well of inspiration still has plenty of ideas based on your own experiences and the insights of Scripture.
Joe Allison and his wife, Judy, live in Anderson IN, where Joe serves as Editorial Director of Discipleship Resources & Curriculum for Warner Press, Inc. Joe has several nonfiction books in print, including Swords and Whetstones: A Guide to Christian Bible Study Resources. He's currently writing a trilogy of Christian historical novels set in the Great Depression.
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