You’ve got a brilliant idea. Start writing.

Five pages later.

You’ve got nothing left.

What happened? The conflict is good, the central character has a compelling goal, a pressing need, and an unbreakable flaw. Not only that, but the antagonist is superhuman and seems to know the protagonist’s every last weakness. There is a good plot outline, complete with critical events, such as the catalyst and crisis, and the central character learns a powerful lesson in the end: Everything is right.

Why is it so hard to keep writing?

Seeds need good soil.

Your idea is a seed. It is the seed to the most beautiful flower on the earth, or the most productive fruit tree on the planet. It is a complete package, and is capable of coming to fruition. But what does it lack? Soil.

And now I shall reveal the metaphor: the soil is what surrounds your idea.
In order for your idea to grow, you must bring soil to the planting site. Think about your characters. Write about their stories and who they are, what they tend to do, and how they feel about themselves and the people around them. What made them become who they are? Who played an important part in shaping their personality and bringing them up? What were their parents like? What do they want in life? What do they want life to become? What about them are they unaware of?

Next, think about how this could develop throughout your story. It is crucial that the central character noticeably changes. Does he/she change from wanting peace to truth? Does he/she change from wanting to make others please himself/herself to making hard choices for others’ benefit? What vices are uprooted? Do characters become better in the end, or should one get worse? How does the central character learn from what happens to the people around him? from what happens to himself?

What about the world in which the characters live? Are they surrounded by gangs? Wealthy doctors and lawyers? Resentful neighbors or happy families? What goes on that will affect your characters? Does their world change drastically during the story? before it?

Last but not least, what happens during your story, and why does it happen? Do things just happen, or is there a reason for it? Does what happens affect the characters in the story, or does it just happen?

Does everything lead up to the conclusion?

Once you’re satisfied with your soil, plant your story seed. Water it. Incorporate your idea into the soil, not the other way around. Look at the ground and see the flower in the midst of it. When you start writing your script, your idea will have plenty of nutrients.