Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Writing 101: So, What Should You Write About?

Sometimes, inspiration strikes and you find yourself filled with great ideas for lots of books. You scribble them all down, you see them through to the end. And one day, what if you find yourself out of ideas? What do you do...when you don't know what to write about next? 


Everyone Doesn't Have a Story

Eventually, every writer ends up staring at a blank page, inevitably thinking what next? When you don't know what to write about, you may find yourself coming up with all sorts of ideas you're not really passionate about. Maybe I should write something like Harry Potter, only about a witch. Maybe I should write about a fierce competition, like in the Hunger Games.

You start writing, you lose interest, you quit and try another project. It's possible to wade around for years in this quagmire, unable to finish a project and yet unable to find one that really strikes you. If you're having trouble figuring out what to do next, don't try to force yourself into writing a new story. Find one that's going to inspire you. 


  • Make a list: Make a list of your favorite books. Now break it down. Write down what it is that you love about these books, in the simplest possible terms. 
  • Think back: Are there any particular points of history or historical stories that strike you? What is it about them that you like? Add these words and phrases to your list. 
  • Your passions: What do you do in your free time? When no other chores or responsibilities await you? Write it down. Look over your list, and circle the stuff that stands out the most. Are you getting some good story ideas yet? 
You should always write about something that interests you, something you enjoy thinking about. What makes you think, gives you pause, causes your heart to race? Write about those things, and you should start to get plenty of good ideas.

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