I believe I should preface this post with a small disclaimer before we jump in. This list of writing prompts and story starters to generate story ideas is by no means a definitive list nor is it exhaustive. To be honest … … no list could ever be exhaustive when it comes to coming up with story ideas. However, the tactics used in this post are how I have been able to, over the years, come up with story ideas for several of the different stories I have worked on or have shared with other writers. […]
This post is kicking off on-going, but non-sequential series unofficially titled Outlining v.s. Discovery Writing, in which we look at a variety of methods to outline a novel, whether you are a pantser or a plotter. […]
Have you ever thought about your target audience? Who are you writing to and for? Is your novel for everyone? Or have you narrowed it down to a specific group or even a specific person? Knowing who you are writing for is fundamental when it comes to your writing.
You begin to write... Phone rings Write some more... Someone is at the door Sound familiar? It does to me.
Have you attempted NaNoWriMo in the past but fell short of your 50,000 word goal by end of the month? Have you attempted it a few times but still haven't experienced the coveted prize of completion (speaking to myself here)? Does it always seem like you start out strong but by day 3 or maybe day 5 your enthusiasm and excitement from the initial high is starting to wane and you realize this is actually going to be difficult?
I’m sure we have all been there before. Out of nowhere you have a great idea for a story, it hits you like bolt of lightning and before you lose it, you sit down to capture it. And in your anxiousness to get your book out into the world, the book that everyone has been waiting on but just waiting for you to finish, you take your genius idea and you begin to write. The excitement is almost too much to handle and the novel seems to write itself, at least in the beginning.
So you want to write a novel? That novel you have always dreamed about and could light up the bestseller's list with. That idea that just doesn't seem to go away and eats at you. When you finally make the decision and take the leap to get that idea on paper -- or computer screen -- where do you start? Do you just start writing and hope you finish within a few months? Are there steps you can do right now to help get you started in the right direction?