Sometimes it's hard to pin-point exactly where story ideas develop from, but I've identified four places that never fail me.
1) What if?
I'm the type of person that gets lost in thought or daydreams very easily. I might be in math class or in the car, for example, and when my brain thinks of an interesting topic or my eyes wander around, boom. I'm gone, lost in the depths of my imagination.
What if that man walking down the street was actually a bomber walking away from an explosion he just set, and the timer is ticking down? What if that teen actually didn't run away but was kidnapped? What if *insert mythical creature here* existed in the modern world?
Even if I never end up writing any of the 'what if?s' into a story, every now and then one jumps out, and I know I can develop it into something amazing.
|Not that I do this while daydreaming, but I've thought about it|
When I say real life, I don't just mean what's happening in my own life. I draw inspiration from situations people are actually experiencing everywhere in the world. For example, more than half of my characters in my manuscript Golden Revenge are refugees. There are so many refugees in the world right now, and through my story I hope to let people know the problems and fears they go through. I hope I do all of them justice with my words.
Art doesn't just apply to painting, or sculptures, or drawing. Art, to me, is anything that tells a story, whether it be music, writing, or dance. So many song lyrics spark ideas in my brain and I can build off them and create my own story. Other books apply to this section too.
While you should never copy someone else's ideas, think of fairy-tales. There are dozens of fairy-tale retellings out there, and each of them have their own spin on a traditional story.
Our world is stunning. Looking at scenic photographs of far off places often inspire settings in my fantasy worlds, and learning about all the different kinds of wildlife is prefect for creating fantastical creatures. The world is so vast, it's practically impossible to not be inspired by it, no matter what genre you write.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? Do you share any of my places, or do you have others? Are you a daydreamer? Let me know in the comments, and I hope you have a day full of inspiration! <3