When a new story idea strikes, instead of only considering it as an entire script, see what happens when it’s plugged into different sections of story structure.
Maybe what I initially assume is the whole story is actually just…
- what happens up to the first act break.
- what happens from the beginning of Act 2 up to raising the stakes at the midpoint.
- what happens leading up to the Inciting Incident.
- what happens in Act 3.
- … and so on.
I’ve found the ideas lurking under other ideas often lead me down new and interesting paths. If I’m too busy basking in the glow of a wonderful new idea, those hidden gems could be lost forever.