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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

5 Tips For Getting Writing Ideas

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1. Experience - Delve into your memories, mine your own experiences of life. The wedding you went to last year? Living with illness? Losing your purse? Nothing dramatic here is there? But what if? Your purse was stolen at the wedding? Or you thought your husband was poisoning you? Or a very attractive man, or woman turns up on your doorstep with your purse? All these situations can be expanded by asking more questions. Who, what, where, why, and when.  Once you've got the basic idea you can brainstorm it, until you have enough to write a story. Keep asking what if?

2. News - Flick through the pages of a newspaper, turn on the news, or surf over to your favourite online news source. Look at the headlines, read the stories, and come up with your own ideas. Many colourful characters can be found, from sinister criminals to the weirdest, funniest, or most glamorous folk, and we all know that truth is often stranger than fiction.

3. Pictures - Images can spark whole story ideas, try Pinterest, where you can scour through images people have pinned to their boards. Join up and you can create your own boards, pick a location, set the scene, add a few characters, and anything else that takes your eye.

4. Music - Listen to the words of a song, lose yourself and let them paint a scene. Develop your own story, what happens after the final words? What happened before? Instrumental music can conjure up all sorts of images in your head too. Let yourself relax and the ideas will flow.

5. Dialogue - Eavesdropping can reap rewards. Many an overheard conversation at the bus stop, the school gates, or the ladies loo can conjure up ideas for stories. Learn to listen, and read between the lines.

Your turn now, what inspires your stories?

10 comments:

  1. All good suggestions. Overhearing or witnessing something a little bit odd has prompted me to write stories. Locations can work too - imagining who would live in or visit a particular place.

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    1. Locations are great! I often visit National Trust properties, and my writers mind will try and imagine who used to live in the house, who cooked in the kitchens, who tended the gardens...

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  2. All great ideas, Maria, and I think I've used them all at one time or another!

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  3. It's amazing where inspiration comes from. Sometimes just a little spark is all it takes for a story to evolve.

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    1. Sometimes, I'm given a brief, and I have no clue what to write, so I just start, and somewhere deep down in the depths of my mind I'll find something.

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  4. I get a lot from newspapers and am always cutting out articles Maria! Also I love taking photos when I go for walks and use them to build boards on Pinterest for inspiration, plus I have a board for each novel. When I'm stuck visualising a scene, I sometimes mess around on Pinterest for a bit and add photos to my novel boards-this really helps.

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    1. Agreed! I also collect bits and bobs for my novel on Pinterest...

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  5. Like Anita, I have a whole load of newspaper clippings but most of my ideas are from my memories and from the things people tell me.

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    1. I don't think it matters where our ideas are from, as long as we are able to keep mining them.

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