I believe that there are three things you need to know to write stories. The better you know them, the better and more stories you’ll be able to write. Those three things are:
1. What stories do, i.e. what you’re trying to do as an author.
2. The principles of how character, setting, problem, plot, and text work to do those things.
3. The principles of coming up with and developing stories.
About this time last year I wrote my series on the key conditions for creating reader suspense, which went into depth on things 1 and 2. And I’ve written a bunch of other blogs on those topics. This year I’m going to be doing one on the key principles of getting and developing killer story ideas. I’ll be presenting it in a shortened form at this year’s League of Utah Writer’s roundup on Saturday (see my calendar for more details). One neat thing about this series is that I will have a number of other authors illustrate the principles with their own work. When learning this type of stuff, I don’t think we can’t get enough concrete examples. Keep your eyes open. I think it’s going to be a good one.