Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How to Come Up with Story Ideas


Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms. She writes weird books in lots of weird genres like fantasy (Blood of Kings and Kinsman Chronicles), science fiction (Replication), and dystopian (The Safe Lands trilogy). She had a podcast/vlog at www.StoryworldFirst.com. You can also find Jill on InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterest, or on her author website.

I'm fond of saying that ideas are everywhere. Well, it's true. They are. It's all how you look at things. Get your imagination running high, then gaze around you and see where your brain goes.

There are more logical ways of coming up with story ideas, of course, and those can be fun too. In this Storyworld Shorts video, I'll share some of the many ways I've come up with story ideas and give examples.

And let me just say . . . the Venus Fly Trap is a plant that offers SO MANY IDEAS!






Here are some more GTW blog posts on coming up with new ideas:
James Scott Bell Shares His Process For Brainstorming A New Story
5 Places Ideas Come From
4 Questions To Ask Before You Write That Story
How To Come Up With A High Concept Pitch
What Is A Logline And How Do You Write One?
10 Story Models That Will Change The Way Your Brainstorm
What Do I Write Next?


Assignment time! Look around you. Find some interesting or strange object in your house and give me a "What if . . . ?" question about it. Let's see if we can come up with some fun ideas today.

10 comments:

  1. Coming up with new stories idea is so much fun! I always enjoy remembering the weird places/happenings that inspired my stories.

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  2. *Looks around room and spots object* What if there was a magic piggybank, and whenever you put a coin inside it would transform into a genie and grant you a wish?

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  3. *Finds an object* What if instead of cogs and crystals, tiny people lived inside our watches and their whole life was devoted to keeping things in a steady, ceaseless rhythm? And what if one of them was bad at keeping a beat?

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    1. Fun! Makes me do a double-take when I look at my clock. ;-)

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  4. What if the static on your radio wasn't static at all? What if it was someone trapped inside the radio, trying to get a message out into the world in hopes of rescue?

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    1. Nice! I like it. Reminds me a little of the movie Frequency, which is very cool, but old.

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  5. What if I'm not me at all? What if I don't really belong in my own body? What if I have to spend my whole life trying to find the real me?

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    1. Then you read a book called Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse.

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