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5 Ways to Develop Story Ideas for Your Next Novel or Book



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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!

Conclusion
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! 5 Ways to Develop Story Ideas for Your Next Novel or Book

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DarthHazard

The best thing to do when you are writing a novel or book is to brainstorm your ideas. Write down everything that you come up with especially if you think that you might forget some of these ideas. Once you brainstorm all your ideas, you should try to pick the best ideas from wherever you wrote them down. You can even involve your family and friends to help you make decisions on what types of characters they think are best. Once you choose these things, you can start to write your novel or book.



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Martinsx1

Brainstorming is a very good technique which is very useful for anyone who wishes to write on anything because it would help you keep a track line of all you want to have written without skipping anything. The human mind is prone to forgetfulness over a period of time, but by brainstorming and putting everything down, it would serve a good purpose for the writing.



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Corzhens

One writer friend said that stories can be plot driven or character driven. So if you have a strong character in your story then it can probably character driven based on the action of the said character. And aside from the strength of the character’s personality, there should be something unique in him. You don’t want to read about a sales clerk who is a typical sales clerk, right? But it the guy is a genius in math that his mind is like a calculator then that is a strong point to be interesting. By the way, creating a character profile is important so you will not forget what your character is.



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jaymish3

I think writing fiction is one of the hardest things to do in writing. Unlike other types of writing where to a large extent, you use material that is already out there, fiction involves a lot of creativity, it involves engaging your imagination. I would love to see the process .J.K.Rowlings who I belief is one of the best fiction writers out there goes through to develop her characters. I believe all of us should give this process a go. As the saying goes there is a novel in every one of us.



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Martinsx1

One have to be creative enough to do well in writing Fiction story. It's not easy from experience because I have tried writing one and I know what it took me to successfully complete the story. I even had to seek out one of my mentor who is a great writer to give me some insight that helped me to pull through with the work.



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Martinsx1

Depending on the kind of novel one is trying to write goes a long way in deciding how to go about writing that novel. It's very important to put down every idea that comes to one's mind when trying to write because chances of forgetting some along the way is very much possible. It happened to me when I actually tried writing my own novel, it took me 3 days off and deep media to recollect my thoughts and complete the book.



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JBeleren

Wow, this is really helpful. Thank you for compiling these information of tips from famous authors, this is really appreciated. I fall into the same pattern when I write, I have a hard time starting the project then after I start i tend to question everything and just be the harshest critic of my own work. I hope this would be enough inspiration to push through and finish my work this time.



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