For me story ideas come from all over the place. Characters materialize, plots constructed, and settings, well, set from a wide variety of sources. Here are five of my favorite ways to help me with my story ideas.
1. Eavesdrop. I'm not suggesting skulking in doorways or peeking through key holes, but when you are out and about you are naturally inclined to listen to other people around you. Sometimes something someone says, or a snippet of conversation, will spark a chain reaction of ideas.
Bonus: If you don't like the idea of eavesdropping, check out this Instagram feed. (Overheard LA). There are some great story starters there.
|How many things could this bear tell us?|
Bonus: If you are interested in writing ghost stories, check out this flickr account. He not only has hauntingly beautiful pictures, but he gives a good history with each one.
3. Leaf through the newspaper. You would be amazed at how many stories will pop out at you.
4. If you have little girls, steal their dolls after they go to bed and act out your scenes. I don't do this as much anymore, especially now that I'm striving for high word counts every day, but it can be a real stress reliever just to play with your characters.
|Barbie having a South Dakota adventure.|