There are many ways to get an idea for writing a story. Sometimes, we might find inspiration in our daily lives, and sometimes it can come from reading other books or watching movies.
In this blog post I’ll be talking about some of the most common methods for getting ideas for your next story/novel/book!
1. Brainstorm a list of ideas for your story
The first step in writing a story is coming up with an idea. There are many different types of stories that you can create, and the ideas for these stories all depend on your own interests. Here is a list of some brainstorming ideas:
- A story about a scientist who becomes obsessed with finding the cure for cancer but gets distracted by his love life.
- A story about two kids trying to find their way home after they get lost at the zoo because they were playing hide and seek.
- A romantic comedy where two people fall in love online but don’t realize it until later because they never met in person before.
To come up with a story idea, start by brainstorming and making a list of things that interest you. Then ask yourself what type of story would be interesting or exciting to read. Pick one from the list and see where it takes you!
2. Choose one idea and write the first draft of your story
Sometimes it’s hard to know what your story is about. Asking yourself these questions can help you pick the perfect idea for a story, and write the first draft of your work!
1) What themes or topics do I like?
- What themes or topics do I enjoy reading and are important to me?
- What kind of feelings, thoughts, ideas, etc. does this topic make me think about?
- Do the people that would read it have anything in common with these themes/topics? If so what is their background and how will they react when they read my work?
- How can I make things relevant to a wide audience while still staying true to myself as an author?
After answering these questions you should be able find one idea from your list that best suits your writer voice. Now go ahead and start writing! You’ll know if you’ve made a good decision because everything starts flowing on paper
2) What am I passionate about?
One thing that’s really important to always keep in mind is what you’re passionate about. It doesn’t matter how good of an idea it might seem like at first, if there isn’t a part inside of you saying “YES!” then don’t do it. I know this sounds obvious but we get so caught up in the heat-of-the moment and before we know it our passion has fizzled out
“What am I passionate about?” – When writing your story make sure to include something that you are deeply interested in or excited by. This will help carry readers through from start to finish while also filling them with enthusiasm for the subject!
3) How would I describe myself in one word?
I am energetic
“How would I describe myself?” – When writing your story make sure to include something that you are deeply interested in or excited by. This will help carry readers through from start to finish while also filling them with enthusiasm for the subject!
Now try to describe your protagonist in one word. Once you have a character, think about what they want and how the story will end when they get it!
3. Share your story with someone you trust to get their opinion on it
You’ve spent hours writing your story, and now you need to know what someone thinks of it. Your friends are great for catching mistakes or giving feedback on the plotline, but sometimes they’re not as qualified. That’s why you should consider getting feedback from a professional editor with experience in fiction writing.
*If you don’t know anyone who has experience in fiction writing, there are resources available. You can join a workshop or take an online course to get feedback on your story.*
The first step is finding someone with the right qualifications. Ask them if they’ve ever worked as a professional editor and have experience editing fictional works before. The next time you talk about your story, be sure to mention this so that person knows what type of feedback he’ll need to provide for your work.
Keep in mind that not everyone will want to read it! Be prepared for rejection because people aren’t obligated to give their opinion on another’s writings – but if you find one willing, thank him/her profusely afterward when you receive his comments.
You may also want to consider having two people read your story at the same time if you can find them and are willing to coordinate with one another on this project. Some writers will have a friend or family member be their first reader of the draft while waiting for feedback from an editor before publishing it – I don’t recommend this method but many do it because they’re unable to juggle both jobs at once.
Be sure that your readers are qualified enough so that there’s no mix-up in terminology when reviewing the work which would lead him/her astray into thinking he knows more about what he’s reading than he actually does!
4. Revise your story based on feedback from others
Do you find it hard to take feedback from others? It’s not uncommon for people to have trouble accepting criticism. Especially when it comes to their own work, and especially if the person criticizing is a colleague or friend. But how do you know what changes are needed if you don’t ask for feedback? The following tips will help make your revisions less painful:
- Be prepared with specific questions about language that needs revision (i.e., “What do you think of my use of ‘that’?”)
- Try doing a few revisions yourself before asking someone else for input
- Consider the source–if they’re an expert in your field, chances are they’ll be able to provide more valuable insight than you can
- Realize that it’s not always about making changes, but also sometimes knowing when a change is too much or not enough
- Keep in mind the context of your work–is this an academic paper or something more casual? When you’re revising based on feedback from others, consider how they may have different expectations for style and quality than you do. Be open to their suggestions while still being true to your voice as an author.”
5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you’re satisfied with the final product or your story
In the world of writing, there are few things worse than being stuck in a rut. You know that you want to write something really good, but every time you start it just feels off and you can’t seem to get out of your head enough to actually produce anything worth reading.
If this sounds like what’s going on with your current story or article then don’t worry! In this blog post we will go over how to repeat steps 2-4 until you’re satisfied with the final product.
You can use a couple of different methods, but the two that I find most effective are:
- Pick up where you left off with your last draft–This is great for articles and smaller pieces.
- Start from scratch–For novels or longer works, this is often the best option because it offers more opportunity to make big changes in structure or plot as needed. So if you’re feeling stuck on your current work then try starting over!
Method One: Pick Up Where You Left Off With Your Last Draft (Best For Articles And Smaller Pieces) In order to do this, just start typing again right after finishing the previous sentence. This will help eliminate writer’s block by getting back into what was working well before.
Start typing another sentence or paragraph. Keep going until you’re satisfied with what you’ve created.
Method Two: Start From Scratch (Best For Novels Or Longer Works) In order to do this, delete the first few sentences and start again from scratch. This will eliminate any bad habits that have crept into your work by starting over fresh–and it can be a great way to get in touch with some new ideas while avoiding “writer’s block.”
Repeat Steps for Specific Sections of Your Story.
If there are certain sections of your story that need more attention than others then I recommend repeating steps two through four for those sections only. Sometimes writers fall into patterns like being consistent with one character’s voice throughout their story, but then neglecting other characters.
Once you’ve finished your story, go back and repeat the three steps again for any sections that need a second look–just make sure to do so in an order different from before (start with Step Two). This will give you fresh perspective on those parts of the story as well as help break up your writing process into manageable chunks if it feels overwhelming at first.
If You Need To Write Faster And There’s No Way Around It…
If there is no way around having to write faster than planned when getting started, I recommend starting with Steps One or Three instead of Step Two. Rewriting can be one of the most difficult tasks for writers because rewriting means looking over what they already wrote and then changing it in some way. Starting with Step One or Three can help alleviate that pressure by giving you a framework to work within, which will make rewriting easier because there won’t be as much of the original content left to look over.
You can get inspiration for a story from many places. For example, you may find an idea for your next novel in the newspaper or on TV, but don’t be afraid to let your imagination go wild when trying to come up with something new and exciting. Turn off the television and turn on your creative side by writing down what’s going through your head before continuing onto another task like reading.
These are just some examples of ways that people have gotten ideas for their stories! Don’t worry too much about how it will all play out because this is just a brainstorming exercise; focus more on getting as many thoughts out there as possible so you can start seeing patterns emerge which could point towards where the plot should go next – then take.
There are many ways to get an idea for a story, but it can be difficult to know which one will work best. It is important that you find the right method because if you don’t have any ideas then your writing may not be very good or interesting. The answer could come from anywhere – even something as simple as trying on clothes in a store and seeing what they look like with different outfits. You should keep this list of methods handy when you’re feeling lost about where to start!