The question successful writers are always asked is: Where do you get the ideas for your stories? It is the one thing a fiction writer wants to know. The truth is - we all have our own ways of sparking ideas, of kick-starting our creative motors and what works for one writer may not generate even a blink of interest for another.
Story ideas are all around you. You just need to stop and watch. Wherever you go always carry a notebook and pen around with you at all times. Take notes of anything you see that amuses you or capturesyour imagination. Listen in to conversations going on around you and take down any unusual or humorous bits. You will be surprised how useful these notes become when you sit down to write and need a little inspiration.
While you are observing life, try to look also at ordinary events in new and exciting ways. You never know what story ideas might occur to you.
For example, you were on holiday sitting in a small restaurant, busily flicking through the menu when a story idea hits you. You were unsuccessfully trying to find the section where the meals were listed in English. Each page you turned over was in Spanish, French, German or Swedish. Eventually, you got your meal but you were also came away with the feeling that it was silly to have so many different languages
A successful fiction writer keeps his ears and eyes open. He does not stop recording things and events around him. Even if the notes do not immediately spark an idea, the mere fact that he has been recording things around him, really improves his observational skills. You can also turn to the problems page in your newspaper or favorite magazine. Every problem page is a mine of potential plots - tear-filled tales of lust, jealousy, betrayal, self-doubt and despair. Every imaginable aspect of life is there.
To read my previous articles visit:
- Self-confidence and Dedication are Essential Qualities for a Would-be Writer
- Sources for Ideas: Where to Find Them
- Ingredients Needed to Cook a Good and Entertaining Short Story
About the author - My favorite saying: "Dream big and don't stop without giving it a chance to come true." I am a father of 3 for 25 years, OFW for 17 years, a blogger, sometimes a poet, self-motivated and professional by experience. I have no specific areas where my writing will focus on. I write any subject that interests me under the merciless sun.