Brain dead. That’s what happens between hitting send and that next new story idea. Sometimes it takes forever to come up with that spark that is the beginning of a new novel.
So, you are up against the brick wall you’ve been banging your head against for the last two weeks and nothing brilliant is happening. Relax, you’re a writer. Brick walls are in the writer’s arsenal. Unfortunately, they don’t often help.
Trying the same brainstorming tips over and over can sometimes leave us stymied, too. Here are a few new tips you can try when the brick wall isn’t jarring anything loose.
3 Brainstorming Ideas To Spark A New Story:
1. Find a picture on the internet with people. Tell the story of one of the people in the picture that draws your attention.
This picture drew my attention because it was unique.
Think of the different kinds of stories that can be written from this character. He could be a villain, a man down on his luck, an adventurer lost in the wilderness, etc.
2. Pick a verb for your genre and select a musical piece that sounds like that verb. As you are listening to that piece of music decide who in the story is acting out the verb you envision.
For this piece I might use the word run and develop a story that is happening out of it.
3. Find a picture of a place that you find interesting. Create a story that occurs in that place.
The following picture gave me ideas of historical novels or fairy tales: