Where to Look for Story Ideas

Ah October, when fall colors are blooming and a writer’s thoughts turn to November. Why November?  Because that is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo.  That is when those of us crazy enough to accept the challenge write 50,000 words in thirty days.  Yes, that is a lot of words.

As a previous winner of this challenge, I thought I’d take the month of October to pass on some tips and tricks I’ve picked up. After you poke around and sign up at the website, you may start to panic.  You’ll wonder where you could ever come up with an idea that you can actually expand into a whole book.  Relax, there’s time.

First, think of what kind of book you want to write. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “write what you know” before.  In this particular case I would agree.  Your goal is going to be to write as fast and furious as you can.  So the first thing to do is decide what type of book you are most comfortable reading.  That’s probably a good genre to write.

Next I suggest some deep thought. Either turn off all the electronics in the house and close your eyes or maybe go for a walk outside.  Think about previous experiences you, a friend, or a relative have had.  Think particularly about when that experience involved a difficult choice or situation.  Imagine what could’ve happened if a different choice had been made.

Still can’t think of anything good to peak your creativity? How about a tragedy that happened to you or someone you know.  You could change a few details, tell it from a different point of view, make a big change or don’t change it at all.  However, if nothing is coming to you, don’t fret.  Just turn on some social media, there’s plenty of bad news there.  Jump into someone’s shoes for a bit and let your mind wander.

Muse still not cooperating? Go online and look up writing prompts.  You’ve got a month, I’m sure she’ll pop up before long.  Muses are funny like that.



2 responses to this post.

  1. […] you know what you want to write about, (look here for tips on where to find story ideas) start to break it down into sections.  The first section should be the longest.  This is where […]


  2. Reblogged this on Fresh Air Musings and commented:

    This is a post from last year. Since I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo again, I felt it was timely and worth repeating. Don’t be afraid; take a chance and write a book!


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