I am often asked…what story should I write? I answer the question with my own questions. Tell me about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? And so on. These questions can reveal your own stories. Your own life is a good place to start your search for stories. When searching for stories, you must find one that has conflict.
Conflict is simple: when you have two characters, you have conflict. Because each has their own agenda. For example, a boy and a girl are alone together. He may want to watch TV, she may want to cuddle. That’s a conflict. It is a simple conflict. The boy has his agenda, and the girl has her own agenda.
In traditional storytelling, there are four types of conflicts:
- Hero versus Villain, external struggle
- Hero versus Nature, external struggle
- Hero versus Society, external struggle
- Hero versus Himself, internal struggle
Here are some story ideas:
In 1969 Los Angeles, fading actor Rick Dalton and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth navigate the changing landscape of Hollywood. Meanwhile, their neighbor Sharon…
In the midst of World War I, two British soldiers, Lance Corporal Schofield and Lance Corporal Blake, are given a mission to cross enemy lines…
Jojo Betzler is a young boy growing up in Nazi Germany who idolizes Adolf Hitler and dreams of becoming a member of the Hitler Youth….
Arthur Fleck is a struggling comedian and clown-for-hire in Gotham City. After a series of personal and societal setbacks, he descends into a spiral of…
This play follows the relationship between Mark Antony, one of the three rulers of Rome, and Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt. The two struggle to…
The Kim family, who live in a cramped basement apartment, hatch a plan to infiltrate the wealthy Park family’s household by posing as qualified servants….