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Inspiration Station: 6 Ways to Find Ideas

Inspiration Station 6 ways to find ideas

“Where do you get your ideas from?”

I get asked that question frequently from friends, other bloggers, and more. I never have a specific answer for them because my ideas come from everywhere and from everything.

I tell them, as long as you keep your eyes and mind open, you can find ideas all around you.

1. Movies and TV shows.

Most people watch TV in their down time–after work, after dinner, right before bed. Movies and TV shows tell stories. They have a plot, they have characters. Movies can be inspiring and spark new ideas. For me, I always get an itch to write something great whenever I watch Harry Potter.

2. Read a book.

This is pretty straight forward. Whenever I read a great book, I’m always motivating to come up with an idea that’s just as great.

3. People.

When you go out for a walk, go to the grocery store, or just stand in line at the coffee shop, watch the people around you. Observe how they look and act. You can probably come up with a story to fit those people. Just be sure not to judge a book by its cover too much.

4. Real life.

Did something hysterical happen to you and your friends that would only happen in a sitcom? Maybe something terrible happened that you’re still trying to get over. Write about it. Come up with a new ending. Twist and turn the events and make it your own.

5. Create new characters.

Base characters off of yourself, members of your family, some of your friends. Use real life people as guidelines to create a new character. Then see what kind of situations that character can handle in a story.

6. Hopes and dreams.

Do you want to have superpowers and save the world? Maybe you want to travel the world, but don’t have the money. Maybe you wish there were more hours in the day. Create stories based on what you want. We can’t extend the days longer than 24-hours, but in a fictional world one day might be 48-hours long. Think of all the possibilities if each day equaled two.

There are ideas all around us. You just need to get creative and let your imagination run wild with it.

How do you come up with your ideas?

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

26 thoughts on “Inspiration Station: 6 Ways to Find Ideas

  1. Ninety-nine point nine percent of my stories have come from dreams. The few that haven’t have been from reading poorly-written books and deciding I could put my own spin on the idea and spit it out better. Silly me.

      1. I don’t remember all my dreams, but the ones that I do I tend to turn into stories. There are a lot of short stories I’ve written that weren’t based on dreams. You know… That .01%? I have no idea where those came from…

  2. I don’t really know where my ideas come from. For my books, I usually start with a character and then the brainstorm it – spider diagrams and note paper flying everywhere haha! For short stories, I tend to just start writing and seeing where it takes me – I think that’s why I end up with some right oddball stories sometimes!

    I always have bonkers dreams and I like the idea of writing stories based on them. I keep meaning to start a dream diary to keep track of the ideas but by time I remember to write it down, I’ve forgotten most of it!

  3. Books and movies are wonderful motivators. The shower and the car (while paying attention to the road too, of course) are also excellent places for ideas to present themselves.

  4. I like to think of my characters as extensions of myself, or people I know. That way, I can take personality traits from real people (myself included) and expand upon them to create more vivid characters.

  5. Is it a thing to actually crave something? Every once in a while I get these “cravings.” They’re really similar to food cravings, but I start crave something literary instead. For some reason, I really wanted a vampire story the other day. I don’t even like vampires all that much, but for some reason, I needed a good vampire story, but I couldn’t find the right one, so I decided to try my hand at writing one myself.

    1. I can agree with that, lol. You just get in that “mood.” You want to read something funny, read something magical, or read about vampires. Totally makes sense. 🙂

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