5 Ways to Develop Story Ideas for Your Next Novel or Book
If you're thinking of writing a novel or some kind of novel story and you want to know how to come up with ideas for that story. Here's 5 ways to develop story writing ideas for your next novel. And if you bear these ideas in mind and base your story around them, your story will be able to follow a strong theme that has all the main parts needed to make it a fun and riveting story to read (mostly).
1. Create a Central Character
The main or central character of your story is the one that people are going to be reading about and following. They are the ones that people will be relating to, feeling their pain, sadness, joy and happiness. Crying their tears and tasting and sharing in their victories. And you will want to make sure that your story has at least one main central character that everything starts with and goes back to.
2. Identify a Desire
What makes your central character tick? What ticks him/her off!? What is his/her intentions and desires? Jot these down before even writing your story so that your character will have desires that will remain almost consistently throughout your story. You can't really give them a desire for one thing at the start of the story and then give them desires for something else at the end. Well you can, people change, but it's best to keep them desiring the things they've been desiring throughout the story otherwise everything else is just moot!
3. Choose the Resistance
Ah the resistance! That force and collection of people and characters that your main character is opposed to! You will want to think about the resistance, who they are, where they come from, what they stand for, what they're trying to achieve etc. And then pen them in as and when your character comes across them. Just try to stick to a main theme when it comes to the resistance and people will love them as much as they hate them.
4. Nail Down the Change
Things change in life, so why wouldn't they change in your story too? If possible, try to nail down the changes that have taken place. Try to visualise in words what those changes are and how they have helped or hindered the main character, the resistance or even anyone else in the story. The changes make it easier for people to know why characters in your story are doing something different now.
5. Pick Gripping Settings
The environment that your story takes place in is one of the most important settings to get right. If you are writing a story about people who drive fast cars, your environment will likely want to be city based with lots of roads. Where as if it's one about a cowboy, it will likely need to be located within the mountains or outback desert area and environments. Pick the right environment for the story you are writing!
If you're writing a story or novel, then just knowing these 5 story ideas could help you to keep things going when writing it. And since these are story ideas that come from famous authors and great writers from throughout time, you can be sure that if you adopt them in your story writing, you'll likely see great success from it. Although, your story will still need to be a good one!