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25 Unique Places to Find Story Ideas

25 Unique Places to Find Story Ideas
25 Unique Places to Find Story Ideas by Michelle Giles Return to Fiction Tips & Techniques · Print-Friendly Version Writers always say they get their ideas from "everywhere." You may ask, what exactly is everywhere? Stories can be created from a simple thought, a word, a headline; even a line from a song can inspire your creativity and motivate you to write. The little things from life's daily events can also provide dozens of ideas. If you're having trouble coming up with that perfect story idea, here's a list of 25 unusual places that can spark your imagination: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Remember, it doesn't matter how you find your story idea, only that you find it. Find Out More... Five Unusual Places to Look for Article Ideas, by Chryselle D'Silva Dias Story-Starters: Ten Ways to Jump-Start Your Plot - Anne M. Stuck in the Middle of Your Story? Where Oh Where Are All the Good Article Ideas?

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Outlining Your Novel: Create a Roadmap to Storytelling Success Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. Won’t outlines limit your creativity and rob the joy of discovery from your first draft? Why spend all that time preparing for a story when you could be writing it? But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal.

Creative Writing Exercises Random Writing Exercises Just some odd exercises I made a note of in writing classes years ago, because they got me writing! 1. Choose a colour. Brainstorming your book ideas There are so many skills crucial to a writer's success that it's easy to overlook one of the most basic and necessary skills of all: brainstorming. It's especially important when starting a new project and invaluable when it comes to maintaining the ambition and focus necessary to complete it. Don't try to rein in or discipline your brainstorming, no matter how inconvenient it is – brainstorming is what turns an average story into an extraordinary one.

Twenty Rules of Thumb for Creativity Twenty Rules of Thumb for Creativity 1. The best way to get great ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away. 2. Create ideas that are fifteen minutes ahead of their time...not light-years ahead. 3. How To Diagnose Your Novel's Strengths and Weaknesses by Darcy Pattison ithout reading a single word of your novel, I can tell you some of its strengths and weaknesses by using the “Shrunken Manuscript” technique. The technique was born accidentally several years ago, when a friend asked me to critique her manuscript. We were a bit short on money at the time and I didn’t want to print out a couple hundred pages to read. Instead, I single-spaced the manuscript, reduced the font and then printed it out. What I saw amazed me. Chapters that covered ten pages were now encapsulated on just three pages.

The Best Story Structure Tool We Know By Glen C. Strathy Of the various story structure models or theories that exist, we have chosen to focus mainly on Dramatica, which was developed by Melanie Anne Phillips and Chris Huntley. We chose to work with this model because it is the only one that... 102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create UPDATE 1/10: Dead links removed, new links added, as well as Revision and Tools and Software sections. Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration.

Lightning Bug - Mind Maps Mindmaps are a way or organising your thoughts. They can be a great help when you are developing ideas, or just working through a problem. They have been around for centuries and are so easy to do … you’ll be ready to draw one by the time you’ve read this page! Start with a blank sheet of paper and pen. 1. The Other Side of the Story: How Much Do You Need to Describe Your Characters? By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy At some point in your story, you'll have to decide how much to include about the physical description of a character. You don't want to describe your characters to death, but you also want to describe them so readers can get an idea of what they look like. How much is too much and how little is too little?

Novel Writing: Choosing a Method that Works Best for You by Margo L. Dill riting a novel is one of the biggest accomplishments of a writer’s life. Every novelist has her own way of writing a novel. From outlining to sticky notes to just writing the darn thing, novel writing is a process that can differ for each writer.

How to Develop Fiction Plots: 13 Steps Edit Article Two Methods:Plotting Your Story Like a MovieWriting Down Your Plot With few exceptions, successful fiction needs to have a clear plot that takes your characters from their normal lives and through a series of battles. This journey leads to a moment when characters succeed or fail at some ultimate battle that changes them. One way to plot fiction is to imagine it as a movie, because movies have very strict plot structures. Ad