Hey again guys! Today I will be attempting to help you
writers out there turn on your brain gears and figure out what you want to
write about. Whether it's for Camp NaNoWriMo or another project everyone gets
in a creative rut, here are 3 easy tips to find the story you really want
to write about. Follow along and your writers block will just be another victim to it.
Play "What If?"
Basically in this exercise you or a group of friends ask questions like "What
if people could control gravity?" or "What if the government totally
collapsed and all societies must start from scratch?"
Get fun with it, curiosity is key.
Many people who have experience with writing much often say that you should
only write what you know and don't try to put yourself somewhere you don't
know. I disagree with that notion, for NaNoWriMo it's built especially for
young writers to discover outside what they know and discover things THROUGH
When playing this simple game with
yourself or other people it's great to be outrageous and creative but also make
it connect with something you would really be interested in writing about.
Think of Your Favorite Books
Right now I want you to put in your
mind your most favorite book of ALL TIME, the book that you most absolutely
love. You got it?
Okay now I want you to think about
what made that book stand out for you? What elements did the author put in the
book that made you love it? Was it the romance, the mystery, the way the
characters interacted with each other?
Think of what elements you want to
include in your novel or what genre you find most interesting to write about.
The point of this exercise is to learn from what other authors have done to
create their novel. I'm not encouraging you to ask yourself
for example say "What would J.K. Rowling do at this scene? What would she
I want you to take notice of what
makes other books special and write your novel with your own ideas and stand
out at the same time. Trust your own instincts, and be inspired by other
Think of What Themes Interest
This kind of goes along with
thinking about your favorite book but this time I want you to ponder about what
themes you want to include in your story.
True Love? Friendship? Law and
order? Trust? I'm basically asking you to think of a lesson you would want to
include. This is a time to get really personal and really dig deep inside to
think about what lesson in your life so far has truly inspired you.
This is when you really ask
yourself "What do I want to write about?"
You also would want to think about
your own past experiences good or bad, this is where a story truly comes from.
An experience that you hold close to your heart that you want to put down on
paper. How can you connect that with your story?
So those are my 3 Tips in helping
you find YOUR story for NaNoWriMo or any other project, I hope you guys got
some ideas while following them. There are endless amounts of things you can do
to figure out what you want to write about, surf the internet, watch YouTube
videos about it, maybe you just need to take a walk outside and something will
Whatever you do make sure in the
end you write something you truly are excited about. Have fun with it!
If you would like to share some of
the exercises I explained here or tell me some of your own novel ideas feel
free to write it in the comments below. Ans as usual if have any questions or
suggestions about anything in this post you may comment as well, I love talking
to you guys.
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