My story was written by using a picture as a prompt. I keep a folder called ‘Writer’s Inspiration’ on my Pinterest account. Any picture that looks like it could come in handy as part of a story some day is saved there. Using picture prompts is a great way to inspire a story.
Here are ten other ways to find your muse:
- News headlines. LM Montgomery wrote Anne of Green Gables when she saw a headline in a local newspaper that told the story of a couple being sent a girl orphan instead of a boy to help on their farm. News headlines can offer all kinds of interesting possibilities for stories, so it’s worth checking them out.
- A song title or listening to music. Some song titles tell great stories. Why not take a song title and use it to inspire a story? Listening to music can put you in the mood for creativity.
- Take a walk. Exercise can help to inspire you too. If you have come to a sticky point in your story, then go for a walk to wrestle with it and sort it out.
- What about using unusual place names as either somewhere to set your story, or as the name of one of your characters. Develop the story around it.
- Fan fiction is very popular these days. Take your favourite TV show or book and develop the story of a minor character or just write them another adventure.
- Agatha Christie suggested washing the dishes helped her to sort out her plot points.
- People-watch. When you sit in a cafe, ride on a bus or train, even walk through town – watch the people around you. When you find an interesting character, think about their story and their character and use it to tell an interesting story.
- Overheard conversations can often bring an interesting idea for a story – just don’t get caught doing it!
- Dreams can sometimes provide imaginative if slightly surreal ideas for a story.
- Stories involving your family’s past or memories can be really interesting – just change the names and some of the details if it’s a fictional story.
As you can see, inspiration can be found anywhere if you are looking for it. How do you get your inspiration for either a story or a blog post? Let me know in the comments below.