The idea of a short story can come from literally anywhere, such as your life, your dreams, other people’s lives, other books, and media that you may be using. For some lucky people, the novel and short story ideas flow like water from a fountain. For the rest of us, however, creative writing is a more deliberate process. However, this article has circulated the most effective five ways to help your creativity pump muscle and build story ideas that will hold you writing for hours on end.
1. Reinvent a scene from a book.
Take a small, seemingly unimportant scene from your favorite books and consider what it would be like if it were the opening scene of your novel. Be sure to change the characters and add one or more unique elements to that scene.
The key is to give yourself a starting point and then let your imagination run wild. While there are many ways to stay inspired, this challenge takes something you love (an old book) and gives it new life.
2. Discover the history of the person you lost contact with
We all had friends in life from grade school, high school, or college that we knew very well then but haven’t seen much since then (if at all). Most of their lives are a mystery to us. Please choose one of those old friends and write about the energy when they lost contact.
What happened to their family life? Has he chosen a career path? Was he involved in something that led them to a life of crime? The possibilities are endless, which will drive you to be as creative as possible.
3. Eavesdrop on a conversation
Just because you’re stuck with a function a bit doesn’t mean other people when it comes to ideas. Take your notepad out of the house, sit somewhere, watch the scenes around you – and listen to any conversation in the earshot.
You can do this at a park, restaurant, coffee shop, or my personal favorite, a bar (those who have some drinks share the best stories). Remember, write down all the stories you hear but don’t forget to twist them to make them your own.
4. Use visual cues
Visual sources are also helpful in creating ideas for stories. Take a photo-based platform (Pinterest, Unsplash) and browse photos. Stop the one that catches your attention. Try brainstorming a few two-line story ideas inspired by images. Look at the picture and try to imagine a related story.
5. Try using mind maps
Creating a mind-map is another practical way to find ideas and associations and create fiction ideas. Start by writing a theme in the center of a page. For example, say, ‘The road to hell is easy.’
6. Start with short stories
The plot of a short story doesn’t have to carry as much weight as the plotline. If, in the process of composing fiction, you come up with the idea that might be a little extra for your first novel, consider moving it to a shorter story. You can find a step-by-step guide on how to outline short story ideas here. If you learn to write a short story, writing a novel will become much more manageable.
If you follow these above tactics, you will reach your goal in a short time. However, sometimes you want to write a story. You have the power, the motivation, the right frame of mind, but the right idea for the short story or the right thing is out of your reach. You get stuck in a situation where you’re throwing the net at your subconsciousness and trying to catch the right fish, but the catch always avoids you.
If you are stuck in such a cycle, the best way to overcome this condition is to read a book, a story, or a poem, listen to some music, or walk even if you are not doing anything else.