How do novelists find story ideas? It’s a great question and it is answered in a number of ways.
While you may be one of those lucky writers who have an idea popping into your head by the minute, for many of us it’s not always that easy. We struggle with ideas that we find interesting, wondering if readers will also find it interesting. It’s just as important for readers to find your storyline interesting and exciting to read as it is for you to love writing it.
Write What You Love to Read
Before we look at sources of inspiration, let’s look at what makes a good novel for any of us to write, and I’ll keep it simple: If you want to learn how to start writing a book, write what you love to read. This old adage is as true today as it’s ever been for three important reasons:
- Chances are that if you love to read a certain type of book, as a novelist, you will also enjoy writing that type of book.
- By reading many books of a certain type, a certain genre, you most likely will know what makes it a good story. Consider for a moment,