5 Tips To Brainstorming A Great Story Idea – Fan Friday Give Away $10 Amazon Giftcard

Today for Fan Friday, There will be a $10 Amazon Gift Card Give Away to the person who answers the blog question the most creatively.


Eleven years of teaching elementary school taught me a thing or two about inspiring story ideas. If you struggle with this part of the writing process, you are not alone.

Sitting in a room full of third grade students who needed to come up with a story idea often left me reaching for creative ways to stimulate the writing mind. Easy is not part of the equation for many writers who stare at the blank page including third graders.

You find stories in a variety of ways, but today I thought I would share a few with you that are outside of the box methods to brainstorming a great story idea. You will have to let your imagination run wild, but you can do it.

5 Tips To Brainstorming A Great Story Idea Through The Senses:

1. Sight: Look at a picture from a magazine, book, painting or website. Close your  eyes and imagine what is happening in that story. Open your eyes and make up a story about what you see. (Sometimes sticking to a story in your genre will get your mind going in the right direction.)

2. Sound: Listen to a piece of music that has no words. Create a story to follow what is happening. Think of the mood of the music you pick. If you want to write a suspense, it might be helpful to focus on the mood that might stimulate a suspenseful premise.

3.  Smell. Go on a nature walk to a place that has strong smells. Imagine yourself a character and where you might have encountered that smell before. Or, you could simply take something out of the fridge and open it and close your eyes.

4. Taste. Take something from your refrigerator, or try something totally new from the grocery store. Taste it and close your eyes to savor the flavor. Imagine a character whose favorite food is the one you are eating right now. What would that character be like?

5. Touch. Find a surface that is new or different to you. Close your eyes and run your hands over the surface. Imagine a time when someone might have touched that surface. A character on the run, a girl on a dream date, etc. What story would that item tell you.

Now it is your turn. Listen to the music below and write a few sentences of what story you think might be happening. There isn’t a right or wrong answer. I am looking for a really creative story idea. The most creative or interesting story idea will receive a $10.00 gift card to Amazon. You can leave up to three ideas each. 


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

11 thoughts on “5 Tips To Brainstorming A Great Story Idea – Fan Friday Give Away $10 Amazon Giftcard

  1. What a great idea to attract creative writers. Love this! I posted it for my teens. I hope you get a few. I didn’t know you were a teacher. You continue to surprise me!

  2. Melissa Tagg says:

    Hey Michelle–what a fun idea for a post contest! I want to enter, but I’m currently at the office, so I can’t listen to the music. Hopefully I can stop back, but if not, hope you get lots of creative fun going on… 🙂

  3. There are times in our lives that we wish we could go back and redo, take a different path, rewind our actions. He remembered those times well–the regret, the lost opportunity to love. Was this one of those?
    As she turned to go he watched her–the way the sun reflected off her auburn hair highlighting the reds, the way her hips swayed and her shoulders squared. If he let her go now he’d never get the chance to rewind, to love her. Would he regret letting her go? Would this change the course of his life? Was she waiting for him to follow her, to hold her again, to take her in his arms and tell her how much she meant to him?
    She turned the corner. He could no longer see her. Just like that, she was gone. His heart raced. He knew what he had to do, but something held him back. Fear. Fear that he’d lose her and he’d wake up alone. But if he let her go now he’d be alone tomorrow.
    He decided then it was worth the risk. “Wait, Veronica. Come back.”

  4. Henry couldn’t deal with one more thing today. The rain poured down outside making it impossible to run. The tension building inside him demanded release. The beautiful baby grand in the corner called out to him. Without thinking, Henry strode to the instrument by the window and began to play.
    His boss suggesting he make an unscrupulous maneuver in the court room or lose his job. The speeding ticket on the way to court. His wife missing her flight home. The music began their soothing magic.
    He’d find another job. Somebody with integrity would hire him. He’d lost a job but saved a man from prison. Not much he could do about the speeding ticket. Tomorrow his wife would be home.
    As he continued to play, another sound caught his attention. He looked up and saw his wife enter.
    She smiled. “Keep playing.”
    Henry did and questioned her by raising his eyebrows.
    “I found another flight. I couldn’t stand to be away from you for one more night. I love you, baby.”
    Henry finished to song. His heart light and at peace. He stood and walked to her. “I love you too.”

    Michelle, I made it with 9 minutes to spare. What a beautiful piece. I’m so glad you shared this song with us.

    have a great night!


  5. I was out of town in ND & Manitoba until tonight (Sun.) w/o internet access, but I’m sure this was a profitable & encouraging exercise.

  6. Michelle Lim says:

    Thanks everyone for entering the contest! This week’s winners are Jackie Layton and Michelle W.

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