Where Did You Get The Idea For The Cliff: A Web Novel?

I am currently working on chapter two of The Cliff: A Web Novel and will publish on Coffee House Writers Monday March 8th. Chapter One is currently available here.

The idea for this story actually stemmed from a project I had done school a couple of years ago while I was attending SNHU. I had done an introduction piece for my first creative writing class. It was a fun assignment, and I had surprised myself with the work. I had thought we would continue to build on that assignment, but we did not, so I had put it away in my files.

I ended up pulling it out again when I wrote Into the Dark, thinking I could use it for that story. However, the idea took a completely different direction, and I put it away again.

Two’ish years later and I have landed this internship with Coffee House Writers. I wanted to try out an idea and figured this would be the best way to do it. I was going to create a web novel. A few different ideas came to mind, all of which are put away for another time, and I found this introduction again while I was organizing my files.

James really stood out to me this time. I felt it was time; I was ready to build on his story.

I might be a little strange when it comes to building my characters, but… they talk to me. We have conversations in my head. The character of Lena, his ex-girlfriend, came to me almost immediately, almost as if she was meant to be there. So, I have been getting to know them and their story and built my outline from there.

I also thought it would be interesting to release the story by chapters to test out my idea on writing web novels. If everyone hates the pace of it, I likely won’t do it again. But, for now, we will try it.

How do you get your ideas for your stories or art? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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