Drawing inspiration from a thread in Plot Development entitled 'A Horror Story Idea', I thought this was an interesting enough discussion to merit it's own thread. The premise put across is that an idea in itself is not necessarily a valuable thing, and it is the author that makes it something exciting. I'm sure there will be many varying opinions, which is great. So, as the titular statement. In my opinion, an idea is like a lump of clay - cheap, simple and abounding in vast numbers - but also malleable. Anyone can grab a handful of clay and press it around, but it takes a true craftsman to carefully sculpt and refine that clay into a delicate pot. The same applies to writing - most folk are capable of coming up with an idea that has potential, but it takes a dedicated writer to sculpt that idea, to push, pull and smooth the edges into a beautiful piece of work. I've heard people in the past say how they have so many ideas, but whenever they try to write them down, they just don't seem to come out right. To them I always say - persist - because that is the only way I know. The skilled craftsman did not just pick up a piece of clay one day and immediately craft an exquisite pot - he spent years learning, working hard, slowly building his skill and technique. In the same way, you cannot just start off one day from a simple idea and expect to write an incredible story. There will be errors, there will be mistakes. You will use too much detail, or too little, or filter the reader constantly without knowing. You will struggle, and curse, and wonder if you should give up - but as long as the idea lingers in the back of your mind, keep trying, because ideas are cheap, and you can afford to spend a few. Discuss!