Coming Up With Good Story Ideas



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The idea of being a writer holds great appeal for a lot of people – either because they have been strongly influenced by literature in their own life, or even just because they think it would be great to sit at home all day and write – but once people begin writing, one thing they often discover is that it is not quite as easy as they thought it would be to come up with story ideas on a consistent basis; there is, of course, no magic key that will help you come up with great story ideas (if there were, we would have a lot more successful writers than we have!), but there are a few things you can keep in mind to help yourself come up with great story ideas.

If you closely examine most of the good books you have had the pleasure of reading (or even at most of the good short stories that have thrilled you), you will find that one thing most good stories have in common is good characters; because of this, you should make sure you are spending enough time around people that you get to know and understand them – and, you should start figuring out what helps you to develop good, believable characters!

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As you learn to come up with good characters, and to build your stories around these good characters, another thing you should start looking for is story ideas that are unique and original; when you look at books in the bookstore, you will find that there are a lot of books that have the same general concepts, but what you do not see is that for every one of these books on the shelf, there are thousands of similar books that did not get published.  Instead of writing the same things that everyone else is writing – trying to get your work noticed amidst the noise of all the others – you will be able to increase your chances of success (both as far as publication goes, and as far as readership goes) by coming up with ideas that are unique and original.

And along the same lines as trying to develop unique and original story ideas (and even more important!) is that you need to be fearless; do not worry about failure, but rather, be willing to try new things, and to keep chasing success until you finally succeed!

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