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3 Tips To Finding Your Next Big Story Idea
Sometimes as writers and authors, we get ourselves into a little funk that we like to call "writer's block." It is to writers as a coma is to a typical person. It is a terrible case in which the creative rivers of our minds run dry, making us feel like unconscious people walking, except the fact that we are physically conscious makes the frustration build to its most potent point.
When thinking of new ideas to mold and shape into our next big masterpiece, it is very common for writer's block to creep in, unnoticed, and settle down comfortably as we flounder. Unfortunately, there is no foolproof way to avoid this; sometimes it is just inevitable. However, there are a couple tips that I keep in mind for when I need to medicate a case of writer's block and conjure up a brilliant new story idea, and my hope is that they can be of use to you as well.
Ask Yourself: "What Do I Want To Read?"
Being an avid reader myself, one of my favorite ways to come up with new story ideas is to think about what kind of a story I wish I could read. Don't think about what you think other people would read, think about what you would read. If you begin writing about something that you would want to read yourself, then it will undoubtably be something that you enjoy writing, and that should always be top priority.
You must write for you. That is how you create honest art.
Have A Prompt Party
When one has a case of writer's block and cannot seem to think of any ideas that he or she could run with, sometimes it is helpful to try out a few writing prompts that might spark some inspiration. The internet is packed full of gems to help you when you are in this position, so don't be afraid to dive in and start searching for the ones that are most valuble to you. Just settle into your favorite writing spot, turn on your laptop, and get the party started.
Meditate In a Quiet Place
Many writers like to listen to music while they write and think up new ideas, and a lot of times, it really helps fuel creativity. However, sometimes, music gets in the way without us even really realizing it.
For a little while, I was having some very bad writer's block, and it was only when I took out my headphones and lost myself in my head that I hatched a brilliant idea that I could not ignore. Music can be a great catalyst for the conception of art, but people seem to forget that silence can be as well. Many spectacular ideas can be born if one just takes a moment to turn it all off and just simply let the words start flowing.
And if you don't get anything out of this article, then I hope you will at least remember this: writing is about the art, not the fame. Just write because you know that you were meant to do it. Write because it is your calling. Write because it is what get you through the rough spots. Write because it is what keeps you going. Don't write to please the world, write to help the world. Write to help you. Write to help those around you.
And you will make magic.