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Nanowrimo is just around the corner. Are you staring at a blank page trying to plot, or come up with a story idea? Or maybe you have an idea, but you aren’t sure where to take it. Here are ten questions to get your creative juices flowing.
1. What is your greatest fear? (Can your character have this fear? If you are writing Romance then ask what is your greatest fear about love. For speculative fiction, identify your greatest fear about the world we live in.) For more tips on the greatest fear of your character go to My Book Therapy.
2. What is your character’s favorite fairy tale? Often we can develop a story more just by thinking about what a character’s happily ever after might look like.
3. How could a news headline end differently to create a whole new story? Maybe a crime is unsolved, or a romance undone. Is there a crisis that we should open our eyes to?
4. Who is the most unusual person you’ve ever met? How could you tell a story that made them who they are? Unlikely heroes and heroines draw our attention.
5. What unusual occupation could your character have that would bring out a story that most had never heard? Whenever you have a strong informational bank to draw plot from it makes it easier to keep the story going and your reader interested.
Start a brainstorming question jar to help you come up with new ideas. Add these five questions to your jar. As you think of other ones, add them to the jar as well. When you’re stuck you will have a bank of questions to help you when your brainstorming buddies are not around.
What are some brainstorming questions that you use to jump start your ideas?