10 February 2018

If you don’t have the imagination to come up with an idea, then it probably won’t resonate with others. I have seen a number of websites promising to give you creative writing ideas.

Let’s be very clear here –

If you can’t come up with an idea, then how are you going to come up with characters? An engaging plot? A location that draws people in? Generating suspense? And all of the other things that turn a series of words into a novel?

Writing is all about getting your imagination onto the page in a way that your readers will enjoy. It is as simple as that.

Spark your creative imagination.

Using false generation tools to give you an idea means one thing and one thing only –

THE IDEA WILL NOT BE YOURS

And this creates a problem. If you don’t live and breathe it, then there’s a pretty good chance that nobody else will.

So, what can you do about it?

You don’t have to lean on others

The best stories are those that have a solid grounding in the life of the author. This doesn’t mean they have to be autobiographical, but does mean they should be drawn from your own experience and knowledge.
If you haven’t thought of writing in this way before, then here are a few tips to get you started –

  1. Think about your own story. Each of us has a life that will resonate with certain other people. Think about what parts of your story you want to tell — and weave these into a narrative.
  2. Find a muse. This is a source of inspiration. This doesn’t have to fit the classical description, but can be a close friend, a movement or idea. It should inspire you to write.
  3. Talk to others. I spend a lot of my time talking to others and listening to their stories. I wouldn’t take an entire story and claim it as my own, but you can find ideas for different parts of your story, or new characters.

Writing comes from the heart. There is a large degree of your heart and soul on the page when you write a novel — or at least there should be. Make it unique.