Where Can You Find the Best Story Ideas?

girl writing at the library

girl writing at the libraryMany people feel they have a book in them. They feel they have a story to tell, but getting the right idea for a book can be challenging not just for new writers but also for seasoned authors. Before you meet an online publisher who could offer to publish your book for free, you need to find a good plot for a new book you want to work on, there are many ways you could find inspiration.

Other Books

girl reading bookMany writers take inspiration from other books. JK Rowling admitted reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings before she wrote the Harry Potter books. Some think that Tolkien influenced Rowling, and she would not be the first one. Reading plenty of books can help you come up with a good story idea.

You can reinvent scenes you read from other books. Pick some seemingly non-important scenes from your favorite and use this as the opening scene of your novel. Make sure to change the characters and add unique elements to that scene.

Your Friends

If you have a bibliophile friend, ask about the kind of books and stories they like reading and try to come up with something for them. Write your story for a free online book publishing, with your friends as your target readers. They may not be the best critic once you have the first draft of your book, so make sure you also seek expert feedback.

News

The news is not fictional, but they can also give you good story ideas you can use in developing your books. There are many interesting headlines you can read in newspapers and on the internet. If you are interested in the environment and you read news about world heritage sites being threatened by climate change, you might be able to develop a narrative that can fill up an entire book.

Experience

Your real-life experiences can serve as the perfect inspiration for your story, and these experiences include those you are not happy about. Readers are drawn to stories about people who were able to overcome their challenges. While it may be difficult to write a story about your upsetting experiences, it’s possible that others had the same experience. They are interested in reading and knowing how others managed to go through unfortunate circumstances and even learned from the experience.

Writer’s Prompts

Let another person start the story for you. There are numerous sites, and sources on the internet where you can find a database of creative writing prompts that can help spark the inspiration you need.

A Person Who Impacted Your Life

Think about the person who left a lasting impression in your life and your career. It could be your school teacher who taught you to love books and writing, a family member who served as your inspiration to become the person you are now or an old friend from your childhood. Think of how they impacted your life and write about the lessons they taught you. Dedicate your next book to them to show how thankful you are. Using gratitude as the theme is a powerful book idea.