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Book Ideas are More Common Than you Think


· Before you write the first word down, before your characters come alive, the initial idea for your novel has to seize your imagination.

· It all starts with an idea, image, statement, message, character or event.

· Write your story around this topic you have chosen.

· Ideas cannot exist if you do not imagine it.

· Sometimes you don’t know what you want to write. This can be frustrating and can lead to writers block.

· Decide what are the genre or novel type that most interest you? Think about your favourite movies of books. Those stories that stay with you long after you put down a book or turn off the TV. The genres that get you excited. That’s a good place to start your writing.

· What type of plots do you enjoy? Can you do the same in your writing?

· Look at your bookshelf: is it filled with thrillers or romantic novels? Or maybe people overcoming their demons or fears? Maybe this is the type of book you would like to write.

· What are the type of characters you’re most drawn to? Think about your favourite character/s. Why and what make them your hero? Do you like your hero to always do the right thing, or a troubled soul in search for redemption? This type of character could make a great protagonist for your story.

· What are the themes that appear most often in the stories you enjoy?

· What are the settings you’d most like to write about? Would it be a group of teenagers who wants to inspect the ghost house at a farm outside town or the widow suffering alone on her farm. The setting is like a stage you set up for your story. Remember to do background research for this.

· What are you reading through travel magazines: are you dreaming about a holiday in the countryside of France or climbing Mount Everest? What could happen on this holidays? Write your story about this.

· Get inspiration. Look at book covers, read other books, write your ideas down the moment it comes in your head.

Look at our article: What can ebooks be about?


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