If you’re someone who gets stuck for ideas of what to write about, this post is for you.
Here are where some of my best story ideas come from:
- Things that have really happened to me or to people I know;
- Memories of people, events or places;
- People I see on trains and buses;
- Conversations I overhear;
- Newspaper articles;
- Other books;
- A picture in a magazine;
- A place I have been to;
- A smell, sound or feeling;
- A problem or dilemma being faced by someone I know;
- Playing with two words that don’t quite go together eg Flower attack;
- Using the last line of a story I have written as the first line in a new piece of writing;
- Thinking of a secret that someone might want to keep and what would happen if it was discovered
- Imagining getting a letter or email from someone I have never met
If I’m still stuck, I think of a character/name and match them with an action to try and get me started.
- Ashley fell
- Ashley twisted
- Ashley tumbled…
- Ashley rocketed…
- Ashley flew…
- Ashley flopped…
- Ashley leapt…
- Ashley shook…
- Ashley dropped…
- Ashley shivered…
- Ashley trembled…
- Ashley bobbed…
- Ashley soared…
- Ashley is…
Then I ask myself why this action happened to Ashley, where this action happened, when and how?
THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR STORY
Every story needs a catalyst – an action that starts the story on its course. At the start of your story, something will happen that changes things for the main character.
Every story needs a problem for your character. There is something they want and someone or something is stopping them from getting it. That’s what your story is about.
As a writer, you need to decide how your main character is going to solve their problem – and that’s where you will finish your story.
Where do you get your story ideas from? Please feel free to share with DeeScribe Writing blog readers by commenting at the end of this post.
P.S. Our next writing tips post will be about story beginnings.