10 ways to generate story ideas
The best writers see a world full of story ideas. They typically have more ideas than they can put into practice. That’s a good problem to have.
Here are some ways you can generate your own story ideas rather than rely on the ideas of editors, producers or teachers.
- Break your routine. Drive to work or school a different way.
- Read a local news site for undeveloped story ideas.
- Read a book on a topic that is unfamiliar to you.
- Keep a notebook so you don’t lose story ideas that occur to you.
- Read posters, billboards, store signs, graffiti.
- Spend the day with a person whose job interests you.
- Interview the youngest person you know, and the oldest.
- Hang around a public place and watch people walking, talking, shopping.
- Spend an afternoon in a book store that serves coffee.
- Eat lunch out of the office.
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