I’ve spoken before about how to draw inspiration from real life, but sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to find the story that’s right for you. The most common thing I’m asked (after “How do you find time to write?”) is where I get my ideas from. I’m very thankful that I’ve never had any trouble in this department. I keep a record of each idea I get, for future use, and I add to it all the time.
But struggling with ideas doesn’t mean you’re any less an author. As Thomas Edison said, success is 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration. You don’t need tons of ideas, just one good one to get you started. So here are some links for ways to get the imagination running.
1: How to Find Great Writing Ideas – We start off with Writer’s Digest, who describe some inventive and easy ways to change your day to day thoughts and come up with new ideas.
2: Where Do Successful Authors Get Their Most Brilliant Writing Ideas? – Moving on to Writing Forward, here they dismiss the myth of writer’s block and the idea that you can’t be a great author if you struggle with your imagination.
3: 20 Things That Can Help You Find Inspiration For Writing – In this guest post, Lesley J. Vos takes us through a series of activities you can try, to spark off that creative drive.
4: 365 Creative Writing Prompts – One for each day of the year, ThinkWritten presents plenty of start-off points to keep you busy for some time.
The best thing about writing prompts is that you can find many more with ease. Simply type “writing prompts” into Google and you’ll get hundreds of hits. The biggest obstacle to getting a book started isn’t the lack of an idea, it’s lack of confidence that your idea is good enough. Let me tell you; it is. It might not be the best it can be just yet, but with time, patience, and commitment, just about any idea you get can become an amazing novel.
So don’t let doubt get in your way. You have the idea in you. Embrace it. And good luck!
(c) Paul Anthony Shortt