Have you ever read a book and thought “This is so good. I wish I could write something like this’’. I certainly have. Many times, I marvel at how the author managed to come up with such a fresh idea. For example, a book that we all know is The Hunger Games. I was honestly jealous of Suzanne Collins for having come up with such an intriguing idea. Then, I began to analyse it and I realized something. It wasn’t new. It was the same old gladiator fight combined with a love triangle. What the author did was to put it in a different, unexplored place. She called this one Panem.
If I cannot come up with a good idea, then I try to come up with a unique world to set a story in. for example, a land where all of the people are gifted with magical abilities. From there, I can come up with an idea. For example, what if there was one young girl who was completely normal, with no superpowers at all? I’ve just come up with a rough idea.
The world is so full of ideas. However, the world has been around for millennia’s and most of these idea have been used over and over again and dried up. So how do you come by a fresh one? Reuse these ideas but write them from a different angle and set them in an unexplored place.
Even if the book that you want to write is about a typical teen girl and her struggle for popularity, you can still approach it differently. What if, for example, she’s ADHD, still shops at the same store as her eight year old sister and on the first day, she embarrasses herself by pushing the head cheerleader into the water fountain?
There are also the rare ideas that haven’t been explored yet. While these are hard to come by, they are certainly worth it. In the meanwhile, look all around you for ideas. Keep a journal and jot down everything even relatively interesting that happens to you and read over your passages periodically. You’d be surprised by what you find when it comes to ideas.
Free Novel or Story ideas
Three Thing Ideas:
The first day of school, a jammed locker and an inexplicable not
A bully, a penny and three wishes
A foreign castle, a hairy villain and a broken television set
An invisibility cloak, a school dance and a spilt bowl of punch
A birthday gift, a deceased relative and a superpower
Mix and Match a story from the boxes below
A new kid on the block
a pampered snob
A moonlit date
A Sadie Hawkins Dance
A snow globe
A new school
A haunted locker
a science lab
An anonymous note
A best friend
A crystal palace
a young queen
The perfect birthday gift
Character Name Ideas
Last Names / Surnames