Probably the question asked most often of authors is "Where do you get your ideas?" It can be difficult to answer, unless you put some deliberate thought into it. And that's how I want to start this blog: helping you think about where great ideas come from. When looking for a new story idea, I often begin by considering genre, and what I'm in the mood for.
Comedy can be based on silly situations or a funny/sassy narrative voice. If you like mysteries, think of a crime and a criminal, and then work backwards to make a complicated plot. Are you a fantasy fan? Study books you like to see how authors have created a world like or unlike our own, peopled with characters like or unlike ourselves. Then there's adventure. Whether based on treasure, travel, spies, or superheroes, the key is to find a way for an unlikely character to become special.
Homework: To discover an idea for a story, think of books you like and what seems really appealing to you right now. See if you can narrow down what genre you'd like to write in. Think hard on it, and then let it go. See if your brain provides more insight after a good night's sleep.
Author, writing coach, home school mom; native of the Pacific Northwest.