“Don’t be afraid of tiny ideas or half-formed ideas. Have faith. If ideas are meant to create stories, given time and focus they will grow and complete themselves.” In Story Sparks, author Denise Jaden moves away from the notion of inspiration as a visitation from the muse and demonstrates that the growth of ideas, of any size or shape, into stories is a process. The four-part book offers steps on how to develop creative habits for writers working at all levels and appendixes to help when feeling stuck.
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