Me: Who are you?
Idea: An idea.
Me: Hey, you’re not too bad.
Idea: I know. I think I have promise.
Me: So do I. Excuse me a moment.
Idea: Where are you going?
Me: I’m going to write.
Idea: Whoa! Hold on a minute. You’re going to write me?
Me: Why not?
Idea: Because I’m not a story. I’m only an idea.
Idea: You can’t make a story out of an idea. I mean, you can, but you can’t write an idea in place of a story, and then pass that off as a story. My stars, don’t you know how to do this?
Me: Sometimes I get confused.
Idea: I’ll say. Look, genius, I’m an idea. I’m not a story. You have to develop me into a story before you write the story. You can’t just slap down unrelated ideas on paper and call that a story. You have to develop them with characterization and atmosphere and plot points and imagery and…uh, oh. Wait a minute.
Me: What’s happening?
Idea: Something funny is going on here. Feel it?
Me: I sure do. Hey, where’d you go?
Story: I’m right here. Hello.
Me: I thought you’d never get here.
Story: Better late than never. Let’s get to writing.