Write, write and write some more.
Write about what? Everything.
Today’s letter in the A-Z Challenge I.
Everyone wants to know where writers find their ideas.
For me, the good ideas come few and far between. They appear with a flash or spark, and if I fail to latch on to them, they are gone just as fast.
Many of my stories come from word-play or prompts. There are lots of writing prompts available and believe it or not they work.
The idea for my first children’s book, Tryouts for Ben, came about because of a comment. Kids do say the darndest things.
And the idea for my second book due out soon came about the same way. As a mother of two amazing girls, we encouraged them to be all they could be. One day I overheard my daughter, telling her daughter she could be anything she wanted.
As a result of that conversation, A Most Reluctant Princess was born.
What have I learned from y’all about finding writing ideas?
Story ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere!
- News story
- Passing comment
- Book or movie
- Picture, photo, or painting
- Writing prompt
- Contest or challenge
- Sunset or breathtaking view
The list could go on and on, but the trick is to recognize an idea. Often my ideas come in tiny seedlings and requires a lot of nurturing for it to grow.
The more you write, the more ideas you will find.
So, you grab an idea but what comes next?
You add a character, a place, and a theme. Then like playing with Legos, begin to build your idea into a story.
The hard part is taking this tiny idea and enlarging it to appeal to someone other than myself. Not everyone gets my sense of humor or sarcasm. So, if I want others to read what I’ve written, I must broaden the story to reach my target audience.
There is nothing new under the sun. No new ideas. But, you can put a new spin on an old idea. Make it yours.
Where did you find your last idea?
Did that idea turn into a story?