How to Come up With Fresh Writing Ideas

Written by Caterina Christakos


How to Come Up with Fresh Story Ideas When Your Idea Well has Run Dry

When I facerepparttar desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One dayís works is all I can permit myself to contemplate. óJohn Steinbeck

I know that it seems easier to make that extra pot of coffee, read that good book, that you have had in storage forrepparttar 129273 last ten years, and suddenly decide to makerepparttar 129274 kids that Halloween costume by hand, than it can be to make yourself sit down and write. Believe me, I have been there.

Here are some brainstorming techniques to get your brain pumping again and churning out ideas.

1) If you are having trouble coming up with characters or even a story line, try developing an action scene. One good scene to kick off your book can getrepparttar 129275 rest flowing. Developrepparttar 129276 characters and story line around that scene.

2) Come up with a problem to solve. Is your main characterrepparttar 129277 class clown orrepparttar 129278 brainiest kid in school. What type of problem would your character face in his or her normal life? Write your story aroundrepparttar 129279 problem and a unique way of solving it.

3)For character development use common sense. Use what is in front of you.

Look at your family and friends and see if they remind you of anything. My first Shakespearean teacher reminded me of a caveman or a husky walrus because of his whiskers. Does your Uncle Arthur have whiskers, wear glasses, and walk with a little bit of a waddle? Turn him into a know it all beaver or a store clerk, at a bookstore that sells books that you can actually climb into and live out an adventure.

Write? Right!

Written by Michael Ambrosio


I gotta tell you . . . writing isrepparttar one thing about being on repparttar 129272 web that I just donít enjoy as much as, say, installing and testing scripts or designing a web site. Writing has always been a chore for me. Those of you who have been subscribers for a while know this byrepparttar 129273 amount of time that goes by between my newsletters ;-).

Even this one Ė Iíve been hemming and hawing for more than a week now just trying to decide on a subject.

It has been said in so many places that to put out a newsletter is easy because ofrepparttar 129274 amount of fr*e content thatís available on repparttar 129275 net. And I suppose thatís true. I could peruserepparttar 129276 net and find articles Ė in fact, I DO. All my newsletters contain an article I have read and particularly enjoy.

But I still feel that itís necessary to contribute something original. There are several reasons for this: Credibility Ė Why would people want to read your newsletter when you donít even contribute to it yourself?

Content Ė If you write your own articles, then you are guaranteed to have fresh content.

Visibility Ė Once you start writing articles, you will get torepparttar 129277 point where you will start to submit them to ezines, article databases, etc. This is a great traffic builder!

Anyone who reads my articles knows Ė I am no writer. Iíll never win any awards. But each one I write gets a little easier. Even a little more fun. You start to realize that you really do have something to say. You even start to believe that what you have to say has an impact on SOME one. That maybe one or two of your readers become inspired through one of your articles. Thatís whererepparttar 129278 rush is for me.

My problem is imagination. Or lack of one, really. I find it hard to come up with an article idea. Even in this day and age of information at your fingertips you still need to sit and brainstorm for ideas. For me this isrepparttar 129279 hardest part of writing. Itís amazing, though, once you have foundrepparttar 129280 subject you want to write about how it will just flow once you start.

Over time I have learned a few tips about preparing your next article or ezine. Some of these tips come fromrepparttar 129281 numerous books I have read onrepparttar 129282 subject Ėrepparttar 129283 rest from personal trial and error.

1. Always carry a small notebook and pencil or pen. This tip I think has helped merepparttar 129284 most. There are times when an idea will pop in to your head, but byrepparttar 129285 time you get home Ė poof! Itís gone. With this handy little tool you can write down your ideas as they come. A small recorder will dorepparttar 129286 same thing.

2. Schedule yourself brainstorming time. You really need to make a conscious effort to brainstorm. If you plan this first, you will find yourself thinking ahead and putting yourself inrepparttar 129287 right frame of mind to do this.

3. Createrepparttar 129288 right environment. It is very important to createrepparttar 129289 best environment for yourself. I prefer shuttingrepparttar 129290 door to my office, with my light snack and bottle of water. I prefer doing this at night, after everyone is in bed. I also enjoy some soothing backround music Ė either easy listening jazz or baroque.

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