How do you come up with a good story idea?
Don’t stress it out, keep reading.
You’ve always wanted to be a writer. You have an idea, a good one, and you know if you write it well it could be published. But you’re nervous about sending it out into the big bad world. What is the best way to get started?
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
~ Ernest Hemingway
The First Step
The first step is to read other short story collections. Study them, see what makes a good short story. Study the authors themselves; learn their style and how they tell their stories. Learn what makes their writing unique so that when you write your own stories, you will have your own voice reflected in each one of them. Once you’ve found the type of style that catches your eye and appeals to your sense of writing, then it’s time to start writing something yourself.
If you are writing a short story and are having trouble coming up with a beginning, try writing your ending first. Then write the whole thing in reverse. Often times when you get to the end of your story, a better beginning will pop into your head rather than trying to work from the beginning.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
~ Maya Angelou
How to Get Inspired?
I know I’m not alone and most writers have days where they are completely unable to think of a story in any way, shape or form. Some days, I can come up with more ideas than others
“A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
Find Your Roots
Some writers say they need a kick start at the beginning of a story and then their imagination takes over from there. They have some kind of plot or idea for the first line and then they are off!
I know that writing on paper with pen and paper is different from typing away on a computer screen because our minds are wired differently. When writing by hand you are more likely to be able to let your mind wander without getting stuck on something specific or getting distracted by something else on the screen.
“The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”
~ Agatha Christie