At some point, every writer faces a blank page or document. It can be frustrating, and sometimes, it can be scary. After you’ve written that first novel, you’re in the understanding that the hardest part is over, that the novels that follow, will come as easily as the first. Wrong. It never gets easier, and the ideas may come, but for the most part, end in nothing. As a writer, you have to form some kind of connection to the story you are writing, you must develop some kind of relationship with the characters in it, to be able to write that story as effectively as you want and need it to be written.

 

Here are a few creative ways to brainstorm new ideas for your story.

      1.) Use real-life events

 

It might not be the best way to strike up an idea, but it is certainly the easiest. Have you ever found yourself talking to someone, and find your mind going in a wild direction? A thought, a brief detour, your mind may take while talking, reading, or hearing, of a person or event? Write it down. Every crazy path thought or dream you may have, could lead to the best novel you’ve written. It can lead to the most interesting and easily relatable character you’ve ever written about. The best thing about being a writer is that you can write, change, and manipulate, every event and person in real life, to create the best stories of your life.

 

      2.) Use internet writing prompts

 There are many, many internet sites that offer writers prompts to inspire ideas for their next short story or novel. From a simple idea to a full plotline, you can find it online. There are many sites that even offer daily prompts that are emailed to you, to inspire daily inspiration.

 

3.) Read before watching

 There’s nothing like a good book to inspire a writer. Try reading a piece of fiction in a genre you wouldn’t normally read or write about. Reading is a great way to get your juices flowing in a new direction.

 

4.) Watch television

 If you are struggling to come up with ideas to write about, consider watching television. A mystery show, a true crime documentary, or a horror movie, can be the perfect place to find inspiration. There are many ideas waiting to be found on your television.

 

5.) Read your local newspaper

There are many varieties of topics you can find in your local newspaper to write about. A murder mystery, a sad or shameful act exposed, a heartwarming story. The ideas are limitless.

 

5.) Join a writer’s group

 If you are one of the millions of people who use Facebook, you will know that there are groups for any and everything you could imagine that you can join for help, support, and ideas. There are thousands of Writer’s groups just waiting for you join.

 

A writer has to be creative, or they wouldn’t be much of a writer. Take advantage of that creativity, take advantage of all the sources of ideas available to you.

 

 

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About Tabitha Milam-Fisher

Tabitha Milam-Fisher is an experienced writer and Columnist, with a demonstrated history of working in the writing and copyediting industry. She writes short dark fiction stories, and has a recurring nonfiction column in The St. Clair Times newspaper.

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